Home » Tag Archives: Mark Sutton

Tag Archives: Mark Sutton

Parents have 30 days to claim 30 hours’ childcare

The deadline is fast approaching for parents to claim 30 hours a week of funded childcare. Places are available from January 1 for children who celebrate their third birthday between September 1 and December 31 2017. To claim the funding parents must register at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk by December 31, but if they want everything in place for January they should also ...

Read More »

New £50k fund launches to support Staffordshire families

Groups and organisations working with vulnerable families are set for a funding boost from a new Children and Families Fund. The Staffordshire County Council fund has been launched today (28 November) as part of #GivingTuesday, an international day encouraging people to get involved in charities and their communities. Extra funding could be available to organisations, charities, or community groups if they ...

Read More »

Sign up now for funded childcare places

Children celebrating their third birthday this autumn should be signed up now for 30 hours’ funded childcare. Families of almost 4,000 children in Staffordshire took up the offer of 30 hours’ funded childcare for three and four-year-olds when the scheme launched nationally in September. Now, more childcare places are available from January 1 for children who celebrate their third birthday between ...

Read More »

Adoption campaign asks ‘Could you help keep siblings together?’

Staffordshire adopter Sally

Singing and dancing like Elsa from Frozen, bouncing on a trampoline and trips to the farm to feed the animals are high on the wish list for three Staffordshire children looking for a forever family home together. The youngsters aged five, four and two are part of a number of groups of siblings being highlighted by Staffordshire County Council in a ...

Read More »

Staffordshire childcare success seen at first hand

Staffordshire’s work in helping parents get 30 hours a week supported childcare has been seen at first hand by the Government’s top official. Michelle Dyson, Director of Early Years and Childcare at the Department for Education, met county councillors and officers, before talking to business representatives and visiting nurseries in Staffordshire. Staffordshire County Council was one of eight authorities which ...

Read More »

Staffordshire biker gives the thumbs up for fostering in latest campaign

Whether you’re a Biker or a Hiker, a Goal Keeper or a Bee Keeper you could be a foster carer. Amongst Staffordshire’s 350 foster families are bikers, bakers, beekeepers, musicians, military history re-enactors, professional athletes and many more. Now, Staffordshire County Council’s latest fostering campaign is reminding people that there’s no such thing as a typical foster carer. Staffordshire biker ...

Read More »

Continued success for Staffordshire’s child protection services

Mark Sutton

Vulnerable children in Staffordshire are very well protected, according to the latest Ofsted inspection of children’s services. For the second inspection in a row Staffordshire County Council’s services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers are all rated as ‘Good’ in every category, with no areas needing urgent improvement. The report says: “The ...

Read More »

Don’t hesitate and miss out on childcare

Parents are being urged to ignore negative publicity and make sure they apply before time runs out for the 30 hours a week funded childcare for their children. Applications for childcare funding for three and four-year-old children must be made by the end of August via the government’s website http://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk Some media reports have said that some parents are having ...

Read More »

Parents risk missing out on 30 hours funded childcare

Thousands of Staffordshire parents entitled to 30 hours a week funded childcare for their three and four-year-olds have only days left to register for it. Applications via the government’s website must be made by the end of August, or parents will have to wait until January to claim their hours. To be eligible both parents, or the parent in a ...

Read More »

Foster carers thanked at special celebration day

Latest News

Staffordshire’s foster families were thanked during a special celebration day for their invaluable contributions in providing loving homes for the county’s looked after children. Over 300 Children and Foster Carers gathered for the annual celebration barbecue organised by Staffordshire County Council’s Fostering Service. The celebration was held at Marquis Drive Visitors Centre, Cannock Chase on Thursday 3 August with families ...

Read More »