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2 Year Old Education & Childcare Funding

  Early education from age two has long-lasting benefits for children, and helps to promote a child’s physical, emotional, cognitive and social development. However the evidence shows that on average, disadvantaged families are less likely to make use of formal childcare provision than more advantaged…

3 & 4 Year Old Free Early Years Funding (including 30 Hours Childcare)

30 Hours Childcare, Extended Entitlement -  Since September 2017 - The government has committed to doubling the amount of free childcare from 15 to 30 hours a week for working parents of three and four year olds. Childcare Choices - Use this service to apply for…

Accessible holidays and days out

Use the following websites to help you and your family find a short break, holiday or day out. Tourism for All UK National charity dedicated to making tourism welcoming to all. Visit www.tourismforall.org.uk Visit England The English national tourist board website has information and guides…

Adult Education

In the Reading area there are a number of settings that offer further skills and qualifications for adults. There are opportunities for further and higher education qualifications also practical skills. New Directions College – is Reading Borough Council’s Adult Learning Service. Not only does it…

Apprenticeships & Traineeships

These are available to young people from 16 years plus, they are an alternative to staying in further or higher education, however they continue to learn new skills and gain qualifications.   Page reveiwed February 2021

Autism Assessment Film - Berkshire Health Foundation Trust (BHFT)

Please find below the link to a YouTube video produced by Mairi Evans and our Autism Assessment Team for young people referred to the team to help them and their families know what to expect during an autism assessment.  Updated February 2021

Autism Training

Autism is a spectrum condition that affects around one in every 100 people. Children, young people and adults on the spectrum will come into contact with a range of different people and organisations in their everyday life and, depending on how their autism affects them,…

Benefits for Carers (Carer's Allowance)

Caring can lead to financial difficulties.  It is important to ensure that both you and the person you care for claim all benefits you are entitled to. Click here for further information about carer's allowance and other benefits for carers. UNIVERSAL CREDIT Universal Credit Full Service has been available…

Bereavement Support

Bereavement effects everyone in different ways, listed below are just some of the organisations that can offer information and support through this difficult period of your life. At the end of this listing there is information on how to register a death, arranging a funeral,…

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BHFT)

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BHFT) We’re a community and mental health trust, providing a wide range of services to people of all ages living in Berkshire. And to do this, we employ approximately 4,500 staff who operate from our many sites as well as…