Without support, families can feel alone or isolated. Home-Start is a local charity which can offer compassionate and confidential support to families with children under 5 in the Boroughs of Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow.
They support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children. The benefits of the support include improved health and wellbeing and better family relationships.
Families could benefit from Home-Start’s help if they are:
feeling lonely or isolated in your community, have no family nearby and are struggling to make friends.
finding it hard to cope if your child is ill or because you are ill.
have been hit hard by the death of a loved one.
struggling with the emotional and physical demands of having a baby, young children, twins or triplets. under the age of 5 years
Home-Start Richmond, Kingston & Hounslow are currently offering:
Regular telephone support through co-ordinators and volunteers whilst the home-visiting service is on hold.
Someone to talk to and emotional support during these uncertain and isolating times.
Support for challenges like financial worries, relationship issues or living in poor housing.
Guidance on parenting in the early years.
Ideas and activities to keep children active at home
The detailed risk assessment have been made alongside the guidance provided to us by the Department for Education. We will be limiting access to the provision to ensure we can reduce any risks to our staff or children.
The Government’s guidance has suggested that children, young people and parents are encouraged to walk or cycle where possible and avoid public transport at peak times. Planning your travel is essential especially if using public transport. To support this, we have arranged staggered drop off and pick up times. Please communicate with us your intended travel plans to and from the provision. If driving DO NOT park on the church driveway, the parking restriction in only between 10am – 12noon.
Shielding or Self Isolating within the Home
Please keep us informed of any update immediately of any shielding/self isolating or changes to your home circumstances regarding this within your home. No children are to attend if they or a member of their household has any symptoms of the coronavirus and the setting MUST be informed immediately.
Parents and carers in the borough of Hounslow are being urged not to miss out on a free early years education place for their child this autumn. Free early education places can be accessed in day nurseries, pre-schools and with childminders. A child’s early years are the foundation for their future development, providing a strong base for lifelong learning and learning abilities. If support is needed with finding a childcare place, parents and carers can contact the Family Information Service on 020 8583 3470 / 020 8583 6421 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
NB Parents and carers should check if there are any additional charges before taking up the place. More information can be found here – www.hounslow.gov.uk/childcare
Do you need help to find a childcare provider for your child? Or maybe you have questions about sending your child to a day nursery, playgroup or childminder @LBofHounslow is here to help please call 020 8583 3470 or 020 8583 6421 or send an email to email@example.com
If you need help with childcare costs visit Childcare Choices. Here you can get information on the government’s free childcare schemes for two, three and four year olds, tax-free childcare, tax-credits and universal credits for childcare: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk @LBofHounslow
Early language development is critical for children’s future success. Childcare providers are trained and skilled in ensuring each child’s language development is encouraged and supported. To search for your local childcare providers, visit www.hounslow.co.uk/fsd @LBofHounslow
The detailed risk assessment can be downloaded here and the guidance provided to us by the Department for Education can be provided on request. We will be limiting access to the provision to ensure we can reduce any risks to our staff or children.
The Government’s guidance has suggested that children, young people and parents are encouraged to walk or cycle where possible and avoid public transport at peak times. Planning your travel is essential especially if using public transport. To support this, we have arranged staggered drop off and pick up times. Please communicate with us your intended travel plans to and from the provision.
Shielding within the Home
Please keep us informed of any update immediately of any shielding or changes to your home circumstances regarding shielding within your home
Procedures for Drop off and Collection
Staggered drop off and pick up times have been arranged to avoid crowding during these periods. Please ring the bell for the Main Hall to drop off and collect.
If your drop off is 8.30am you can arrive between 8.30 am – 9am.
If your drop off is 9.30am you can arrive between 9.15am – 9.45am.
If you collect at 12.30pm you can collect between 12.15 – 12.45pm.
If you collect at 2.30pm you can collect between 2.15 – 2.45pm.
To keep children safe during this time it is essential that Parents and Carers do not enter the building, however we will be flexible if your child is upset and only one parent/carer to bring your child. Therefore a practitioner will sign any children in and out. All Parents and Carers MUST social distance at all times when outside the building.
Playgroup is now closed temporarily due to the spread of the Corona Virus. We will re-open as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.
In the mean time if you would like to enquire about a place for September please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be sent an application form. Tours of playgroup will be available when possible.
The government’s childcare voucher scheme has closed to new applicants.
Originally due to close in April, the scheme was kept open to new applicants until 4 October after pressure from campaign groups.
Closed to new applicants
However, despite continued efforts to keep the scheme open, no new applicants will be now able to join.
Instead, parents will be able to sign up to the tax-free childcare scheme, which launched in April earlier this year.
Those who are already receiving childcare vouchers will be able to do so as long as they continue to be employed by a company signed up to the scheme.
Tax-free childcare is available to all eligible parents, whereas childcare vouchers are only available to eligible parents whose employers are signed up to the scheme.
However, some parents say they will lose out under the tax-free childcare scheme.
The #SaveChildcareVouchers campaign has been calling for the scheme to remain open to new applicants since January 2017. It says it will keep putting pressure on the government to re-open the scheme to new entrants.