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Southend's Children and Families Information PointSHIP Adults

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is committed to ensuring that all childcare and Early Years settings in the Borough provide a service that includes all children and support is available to achieve this.

Types of Childcare (information about Nurseries, Pre-schools and Childminders) - click here

Marvellous Minders

A scheme aimed at finding a suitable childminder to provide opportunities for parents and carers to have short breaks, return to work or access training while their child receives high quality care. The scheme is co-ordinated by designated PACEY (Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years) Development Co-ordinators who will broker a personalised service to support families to link with specialist childminders who can offer care that is tailored to meet their child's and families specific needs.

All Marvellous Minders are registered with Ofsted and are fully qualified. They have gained further specialised knowledge and skills including safeguarding children with disabilities, child development, disability awareness, manual handling, and hold a current paediatric first aid certificate, amongst others and are commitment to further training to support and extend their knowledge and skills.

All Marvellous Minders work in partnership with parents/carers/social workers/key persons in the child's life to fully understand the complex needs of the child in their care.

Read the Marvellous Minders Factsheet - Click here

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Short Breaks for Disabled Children

Short Breaks provide disabled children and young people with an opportunity to spend time away from their parents, relaxing and having fun with their friends. They provide families with a 'break' from their caring responsibilities; they give parents a chance to unwind, rest or spend time with other children. Examples of short breaks include holiday play schemes and home sitting but each family has a different idea of what makes the 'ideal' short break.

Read more about Short Breaks - Click here

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