New scheme to help with childcare costs
The future of early years childcare - Government proposals
Have you heard about the new Government scheme to help with childcare costs? The plan is to allow parents to claim back up to £1,200 a year for each child, or 20% of childcare costs, and is due to start in 2015. To be eligible, both parents must work and each earn less than £150,000 a year. See this article for more details.
In January the Government published a report called More great childcare. This report explains how the Government is planning to raise the quality of childcare and give parents more choice. They want to know what you think about the changes they are suggesting to the role of local authorities in early education so they are running an online consultation. You have until Monday 6 May to respond.
Worried about cot death?
Move with me bonus material - newborn to 6 months
Cot death, also known as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), is very rare but by following some simple advice, such as putting your baby to sleep on their back, you can reduce the risk even more.
Spring decorating for less
Emotional well being advice from First Steps
If you want to clear out the cobwebs and give your home a makeover, but need to keep costs down, try visiting a Surrey Reuse Network showroom. This group of local charities sell pre-loved furniture at affordable prices. To find out more, visit www.surreyreusenetwork.org.uk
First Steps is an NHS-led service offering friendly advice and information on mental health and emotional issues. They also run Emotion Gyms, which cover different aspects of emotional well-being. For more information and to see what else First Steps offer, go to www.firststeps-surrey.nhs.uk