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Children’s centres

Last Updated 10:04am, 17 December 2020


Introduction

Information about coronavirus is available in different formats and languages, including easy read, BSL and for people who are not online.

The current situation

Our children’s centres are still open, although we are operating more remotely and exploring how we can support families virtually.

We have also extended our hours from 8am to 8pm and are continuing to offer support to all families by telephone and video call.

We are working with our partner agencies to identify vulnerable families and to offer them combined support.

We have improved our Facebook pages and we are offering themed weeks so that we can provide families with trusted and supportive information, videos and top tips.

We are also developing virtual parenting groups, so that we can carry on providing an opportunity for parents to get together (albeit virtually), to share each other’s company and to ask questions. More details about the Solihull virtual parenting courses is available here.

Support for families in the home

Our children’s centres have strong links with foodbanks and other organisations, and we can put you in touch. We are also delivering foodbank parcels to families who are self-isolating.

Action for Children deliver our children’s centre services in Devon. They also have a service called TALK, which offers a live chat function with professionals on Monday to Friday.

Funding

The Department for Education have produced a resource pack to help promote government childcare entitlements for children aged 2-4, as well as tax-free childcare.


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