Monthly Archives: July 2017

Do you qualify for additional childcare?

Do you qualify for additional childcare?

Do you qualify for additional childcare? – Parents across Bath and North East Somerset are being urged to check whether they are entitled to receive additional funded childcare from September.

Support for some working families with 3 or 4 year old children is being doubled, with an increase in early education and funded childcare to 30 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year (or the all year round equivalent).

Eligibility for the entitlement will include households where:

  • both parents are working or one parent is working in lone parent families. This will be defined as earning the equivalent of 16 hours per week on national minimum wage, with a maximum of £100,000 per year
  • and can include self-employment, but earning less than £100,000 per year
  • both parents are employed but one or both of them are temporarily away from the workplace on parental, maternity, paternity or adoption leave
  • both parents are employed but one or both of them are temporarily away from the workplace on statutory sick pay
  • one parent is employed and one parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring
  • one parent is employed and one parent is disabled or incapacitated based on specific benefits.

Cllr Paul May (Conservative, Publow and Whitchurch) Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “The aim of the scheme is to help working parents and support more people in getting into work. It is important that all eligible parents apply for the extension in funded childcare or early education before the deadline of 31st August, 2017.”

To apply, you must complete an online form on the Childcare Choices website:  www.childcarechoices.gov.uk. 

If you are eligible you will be given an eligibility code. You must get your code by 31st August, 2017 if you want to take your extended entitlement in the Autumn term. If you do not apply and receive a code by 31st August to start in the autumn term, you will be unable to access any additional childcare until January 2018.

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Heritage Open Days in Bath and North East Somerset

Heritage Open Days in Bath and North East Somerset

Heritage Open Days in Bath and North East Somerset – Local people and visitors are invited to explore Bath and North East Somerset’s fantastic heritage in September as venues across the area open their doors for Heritage Open Days (Thursday 7 September to Sunday 10 September 2017). The nationwide celebration of history, architecture and culture is… Read More…

Debunking some common bedwetting myths

Debunking some common bedwetting myths

Debunking some common bedwetting myths – There are many myths around bedwetting - what causes this common, but complex childhood condition and how it should be treated. Here are ERIC’s answers to just a few of them. Myth no 1: “There’s no point treating bedwetting – children grow out of it eventually.” Bedwetting can and should be… Read More…

Top 10 things to enjoy this summer at the Hawk Conservancy Trust

Top 10 things to enjoy this summer at the Hawk Conservancy Trust

The Hawk Conservancy Trust is a full day out for all the family with daily world-class flying displays. There is always something happening and this is our list of the Top 10 things to enjoy this summer at the Hawk Conservancy Trust The school summer holidays mark the return of the popular Sarson Falconer demonstration.… Read More…

Free swimming for young people returns this summer

Free swimming for young people returns this summer

Free swimming for young people returns this summer Wiltshire’s young people will again be able to enjoy free swimming during the summer holidays as Wiltshire Council continues to fund free swim sessions. Children aged up to 16 can swim for free during specific public swimming sessions at their local Wiltshire Council and Places for People… Read More…

Victoria Art Gallery launches virtual dragon egg hunt around Bath

Victoria Art Gallery launches virtual dragon egg hunt around Bath

Victoria Art Gallery launches virtual dragon egg hunt around Bath Calling all dragon hunters! Bath’s Victoria Art Gallery, which is run by Bath & North East Somerset Council, is launching a new family trail around the city this summer, to coincide with the Here Be Dragons exhibition (22 July-8 October 2017). Eight virtual dragon eggs… Read More…

Be aware of the signs and symptoms of Sepsis

Be aware of the signs and symptoms of Sepsis

“Be aware of the signs and symptoms of Sepsis” – Yeovil family plea A family from Yeovil who experienced first-hand the distressing impacts of Sepsis have joined forces with Yeovil Hospital and Public Health England (PHE) to raise awareness of the disease and its symptoms. This plea follows the PHE Sepsis campaign launched earlier this… Read More…

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