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Tax-Free Childcare now available to parents with children under 12

Published 14 February 2018

Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) is now open to all eligible parents with children under 12 (from 14 February 2018). Through an online account, for every £8 you pay in, the government will add an extra £2. You can receive up to £2,000 per child, or £4,000 for…

Parent and Carer Additional Needs Childcare Survey

Published 09 February 2018

Have your say Tell us about your experiences finding childcare for children with additional needs and the impact this has had on your family by completing the short survey below. There are also three informal meetings happening at local Children’s Centres. Complete the online survey:…

Go Givers Programme: Children and Young People Now Awards 2017 Finalist

Published 24 November 2017

The BFIS and Programmes Team were shortlisted as a finalist in  The Youth Volunteering and Social Action category at the prestigious “Children and Young Peoples Now Awards 2017”,  for the “Go-Givers Make a Difference Challenge” working with Buckinghamshire Schools in partnership with the Citizenship Foundation.…

Think you know your drink? This simple test will help you find out…

Published 09 November 2017

It’s alcohol awareness week 13 to 19 November and we’ve been thinking ahead to the festive season. Do you really know how much you drink when you’re out with your friends? It is surprising how many of us aren’t certain what the safe drinking limits…

Bucks libraries now loaning Micro:bit; mini computers to learn coding and programming

Published 07 November 2017

The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized codeable computer with motion detection, a built-in compass and Bluetooth technology which is designed to inspire digital creativity and develop a new generation of coders to help address a critical skills shortage in the technology sector. The Micro:bits can be borrowed free for…

Help Bucks CC with education and skills plans

Published 06 October 2017

Help Bucks CC get education and skills plans right for children and young people in Bucks Buckinghamshire has some of the best performing schools in the Country with many of our children and young people persistently outperforming those from other areas. However, for some of…

New 30 Hour funding questions for providers

Published 12 September 2017

     Here are a few more questions providers have been asking about 30 Hours Childcare. See the full list under the provider section of the 30 Hour childcare page.   If a child starts with me doing 30 hours and then the parent decides to…

The Community Fridge Network (funded opportunity for community groups)

Published 22 August 2017

UK families waste an average of £470 a year by throwing away food and drink which could have been eaten, and the food sector wastes a further £3 billion. Community Fridges offer an easy way for people and businesses to share this food as it…

Parents offered compensation over troubled Tax-Free Childcare

Published 11 August 2017

Thousands of parents who have missed out on Tax-Free Childcare due to technical problems with the Childcare Service website may be able to claim compensation from the Government. The Childcare Service website, which is run by HMRC, has been plagued with technical glitches since it…

Applied for 30 Hours Childcare? Here’s how to access your account

Published 20 July 2017

If you have applied for 30 hours childcare and are wondering how do I get my code? Where do I access my account? Or How do I update my details? Then here are the simple steps to take to view your account and receive your…