Education & Childcare

General - Directorate Children and Young people (DCYP) provides appropriate professional direction, support and advice in order to ensure that children and young people are provided with every opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes and fulfil their potential. - The Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) for all matters relating to Service children and young people. - provides information about Service Children’s Education worldwide. – eAdmissions website - 33 London Authorities and Surrey County Council are working together to make it easier for parents and carers to apply for school places. - International Baccalaureate Organisation for IB advice. - Childline charity website. Tel: 0800 1111 - keeping your children safe online. – Coram Children's Legal Centre provides free legal information and advice with particularly good downloadable booklets including one on appeals and also bullying. - advice and information for families whenever you need it. - information on life including schooling and childcare from a working parent point of view. - supporting children who have lost a parent whilst serving in the Armed Forces. - Her Majesty’s School Heroes (HMS Heroes) is a national support group for the children of Service men and women and their relatives. A tri-Service network of after-school clubs, HMS Heroes brings together members of Service families aged between three and 18 years old from all over the country.


Moving school - moving schools pack. - Pupil information profile for Service children moving schools covering the whole of the UK and also SCE schools. - gives information on all state and independent schools and has information about the curriculum in England. - school search website. - Government school search for England - also with links for the devolved administrations.


Further Education - help if you're at school, planning to go on to further or higher education, looking for training or interested in a student or career development loan. - National Extension College is a distance learning college offering courses and resources in GCSEs and A levels through to professional and vocational qualifications. - Helping young people to get into university or college in the UK. - The Residential Support Scheme provides help with the accommodation costs of learners aged 16 and over, who need to live away from home to study because their course is not available locally.


Education and Childcare Funding - Sodexo Armed Forces Childcare Vouchers - The Royal School Hampstead Trust exists to assist in funding the education of dependants of Servicemen and women, both currently serving and retired. Grants are available to those up to the age of 25. - The Royal Caledonian Education Trust is an education trust supporting the children of Scots who are serving, or who have served, in the Armed Forces.


Boarding Schools Information - State Boarding Schools Association. The education is state funded, and parents only pay for board and lodging. - Queen Victoria School for Children of Scottish and Scottish-based Armed Forces personnel. - The Royal Hospital School in Ipswich is a co-educational Full Boarding and Day School for 11 to 18 year olds offering substantial discounts for MOD CEA eligible families. - The Boarding School Association website with search facility and links to school websites. - enables you to search for boarding schools according to different criteria, such as area, type of school, bursaries etc. - Independent Schools Inspectorate. - Independent Schools Directory


Websites for specific areas of the UK

Scotland - Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People makes sure all children and young people in Scotland have their rights respected. - information for parents in the Scottish Education System. - Education in Scotland. - Scottish family information service. - Scottish advice service for additional support for learning

Northern Ireland - Education in Northern Ireland. – Family Support services in Northern Ireland - Northern Ireland information service for families

Wales – Education in Wales

England - The Children’s Commissioner’s website promoting and protecting children’s rights in England. - Home page for the Department for Education. This has information for parents, teachers and pupils including the Schools Admissions Code 2012 and Service Pupil Premium. - Office for standards in education (Ofsted). Inspection reports on individual schools. - parents can review and leave feedback about their school


Special Educational Needs - Independent Parental Special Education Advice ( IPSEA) is a registered charity and offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities. - Contact a Family – support including SEN for families with disabled children UK wide


Birth to Five - a charity that supports families with one or more children under five in a variety of ways. - The Pre‑school Learning Alliance is the largest early years membership organisation and voluntary sector provider of quality affordable childcare and education in England. - Family and Childcare Trust aims to make the UK a better place for families, through research, campaigning and information provision, and working with government, employers and parents to reduce pressures on family life.


Childminders - Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years. - Northern Ireland Child-minding Association. - Scottish Child-Minding Association. – information and registration for child-minders in Wales 


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