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Critical (key) workers - education and childcare in the coronavirus lockdown

From January 2021 Critical workers (also know as key workers) are people whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response and include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors, as detailed in the sections below. …

Early Years Pupil Premium

The Early Years Pupil Premium When your 3 or 4-year-old child takes up their funded (free) early education place at nursery, preschool or with a childminder, you may be asked to complete an Early Years Pupil Premium application form. The information you provide will be…

Education and childcare outside Merton

If you live close to the border with another Local Authority, your closest provider could be in a neighbouring borough. For children with SEN, there also may be a specialist provision in another borough that you want to consider for your child. To help you…

Free early education and childcare for 2-year-olds

In Merton, some children are entitled to up to 15 hours a week of free part-time early education and childcare at the age of two. This adds up to 570 hours a year spent playing, learning and make friends in a stimulating, safe environment. Enjoying good quality early education…

Free early education and childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds

All 3 and 4-year-old children are entitled to up to 15 hours a week of free early education and childcare. This adds up to 570 hours per year. This is called the Universal Entitlement. 3 and 4-year-olds whose parents are working may be able to get…

Help with childcare costs

Visit HMRC's Childcare Choices website for comprehensive information about support that is available to families to help pay for childcare, covering Free childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds, including the extended entitlement (30 hours) Free childcare for 2-year-olds Tax-free childcare Tax credits for childcare costs Universal credit for childcare Support…

Help with choosing childcare

For comprehensive information about how to choose a childcare provider, including: Visiting providers – what to look out for What to ask Checking quality and references Visit the websites below: Coram Family and Childcare Website Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY)

Raising of the participation age (16+)

The Government has increased the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training. Since summer 2014, young people are required to continue in education or training until their 18th birthday. Young People could choose: Full-time education (e.g. school or…

SEN support in maintained schools, colleges and Early Years settings

All children and young people learn in different ways and progress at varying rates. Some children may need extra help along the way. This document is for parents whose children may require extra support and or possible interventions to enable them to make progress. What…
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