Parenting, childcare and children's services

Financial support, finding and providing childcare, pregnancy and birth, adoption and fostering, looked-after children, safeguarding.


  1. Sign in to your childcare account

    If you're a parent registered for Tax-Free Childcare or 30 hours childcare, sign in to pay into your account, reconfirm your eligibility, update your details

  2. Tax credits: your payment dates

    Your tax credit payments - find out when they're due and early payment dates for bank holidays

  3. Tax credits calculator

    Calculate how much tax credit (including working tax credits and child tax credits) you could get in total, from today's date to the end of the 2017 to 2018 tax year

  4. Child maintenance calculator

    Work out the amount of child maintenance if you’re arranging it yourselves, or to get an idea of the statutory amounts from the Child Support Agency or Child Maintenance Service

  5. Claim Child Benefit

    Child Benefit - child benefit rates, eligibility, how to claim, child benefit claim form CH2

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Early years foundation stage statutory framework (EYFS)
  2. Working together to safeguard children
  3. Sign up to Tax-Free Childcare if you’re a childcare provider
  4. Apply for Step Up to Social Work
  5. Sign in to your childcare provider account for Tax-Free Childcare
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News and communications

  1. Direction issued to Wakefield council
  2. Revised direction issued to Wakefield council
  3. Local area SEND inspection outcome letters
  4. Ofsted Early Years Pedagogy and Practice Forum members announced
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Research and statistics

  1. Childcare providers and inspections as at 31 March 2018
  2. Wakefield children's services: commissioner's report
  3. Children looked after in England including adoption: 2017 to 2018
  4. Local authority and children’s homes in England inspections and outcomes: autumn 2018
  5. Department for Education – Statistics at DfE
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Children in need of help and protection: call for evidence
  2. Out-of-school settings: voluntary safeguarding code of practice
  3. Preventing homelessness through early intervention mediation
  4. Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government: Care Leaver Covenant offer
  5. Department for Education: Care Leaver Covenant offer
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Consented addresses for childminders and domestic childcare
  2. Child maintenance: client funds account 2017 to 2018
  3. Ofsted Annual Report 2017/18: education, children’s services and skills
  4. Local authority interactive tool (LAIT)
  5. Social Fund annual report 2017 to 2018
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