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Springwood Nursery & Link Club is situated on Chapel Rd, Penketh, Warrington, WA5 2NU.
Just behind The Red Lion pub on Warrington Rd.

If you do have any problems finding us, please call nursery for directions.

What is Ofsted ?
OFSTED (Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills) is a government department that inspects and regulates institutions in England providing education to learners of all ages and providers of care for children and young people.

Ofsted inspect or regulate the following services:

  • Childminders
  • Full and sessional daycare providers
  • Out of school care
  • Crèches
  • All state maintained schools
  • Some independent schools
  • The overall level of services for children in local authority areas (these are called Joint Area Reviews).
Inspection reports, including our own are available online at www.ofsted.gov.uk/reports

Warrington Families Information Service
In March 2008, Warrington children's information service changed its name to the families information service. Warrington FIS provides free, up to date information for parents and carers about registered childcare and other child-related services. This includes nurseries, childminders, playgroups, after school clubs, holiday playschemes and more. They offer information on help with childcare costs, tax credits and the Nursery Education Grant. They also give advice to people who want to work with children or start up their own childcare business.

Tel: 01925 443131
Email: fis@warrington.gov.uk

Families Information Service
3rd floor, New Town House
Buttermarket Street
Warrington, WA1 2NJ

Local Children's Charity

What are Sure Start Children's Centres?
Children’s centres are service hubs where children under five years old and their families can receive seamless integrated services and information. By 2010, every community will be served by a Sure Start Children’s Centre, offering permanent universal provision across the country, ensuring that every child gets the best start in life. These services vary according to centre but may include:

  • Integrated early education and childcare - all centres offering early years provision have a minimum half-time qualified teacher (increasing to full time within 18 months of the centre opening).
  • Support for parents - including advice on parenting, local childcare options and access to specialist services for families.
  • Child and family health services - ranging from health screening, health visitor services to breast-feeding support.
  • Helping parents into work - with links to the local Jobcentre Plus and training.

How to access Children’s Centre services
Most services, groups and courses are free of charge – all you need to do is register with your local Children’s Centre. Either drop into the centre or give them a call:

  • Dallam: 01925 636856
  • Sandy Lane: 01925 425580 / 623640
  • Westy: 01925 570870
  • The Orchard: 01925 816912
Available services
There are so many services available at Children’s Centres so please contact your local centre for an up to date list of groups, courses and information sessions that they offer.

Child Tax Credits

Anyone can check to see if they are eligible to receive tax credits. The tax credits are income related but also take into account the number of children you have and the cost of childcare.

You can check your eligibility by:

  • Calling the tax credit helpline on 0845 300 3900
  • Contacting your local Job Centre Plus by calling 01244 356188
  • Logging on to HM Revenue and Customs
  • Contacting your local Citizens Advice Bureau by calling 01925 246964
Claiming tax credits
You simply need to fill in a single form which you can get by contacting one of the organisations listed above. You will need to fill in this form every 12 months. It will be automatically sent to you when your claim needs to be renewed.

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