Calling all working parents of 3 and 4 year olds!
30 hours of funded early education for 3 & 4 year olds
Working parents who meet the earnings criteria could be entitled to an additional 15 hours of early education, making up a total of up to 30 hours per week (over 38 weeks, or 1140 hours across the year).
Find out if you are eligible for the extra 15 hours of early education and apply online at the HMRC website: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
or if you experience any difficulties with the website or applying:
contact HMRC helpline 0300 123 4097
Successful applicants for 30 hours will receive an eligibility code, once you have this, please take your code to your chosen childcare provider as quickly as possible and request for your child’s code to be validated.
‘Childcare Choices’ also offers a ‘Childcare Calculator’ where parents can check what help you might be able to get with childcare schemes like tax credits, Tax-Free Childcare, childcare vouchers and funded childcare or education for 2 to 4 year olds.
For any other queries and/or frequently asked questions about 30 hours please contact your childcare provider or visit www.staffordshire.gov.uk/30hour
This weeks tip- Online Games
When your children create a new username for an online game make sure that the username does not give away key information about their true identity. Think about using a nickname or a name of a favourite TV character
Always update your computer, tablet or phone when an update becomes available. Most updates contain security fixes that will help keep your device protected from cyber attacks.
Check your settings
Use the privacy and security settings on social media sites so that only friends and family can see your pages. Then speak to friends and family and encourage them to tighten their privacy settings too as they could affect you. Even if your account is locked as private, personal information you have shared with others could still be accessed through their pages.
Got a nickname?
Think about using a nickname instead of your real name if you’re signing up to a microblogging site like Twitter. Consider setting up a separate, personal email account to use with social media sites, rather than using your work, or even your main personal email. Remember, only connect to people you know.
Think about what personal information you give out online. For example you could you use a nickname instead of your real name.
Make sure your passwords use upper case and lower case letters and that they include a number. Update them regularly and have different passwords for different accounts.
See what parental controls are available for the different electronic devices that your children use. Most devices allow you to limit content available on the device by clicking on one option under the devices main settings.
“Chat” with your kids
Develop an open dialogue so that you can talk with your children about the benefits and dangers of the Internet. Cultivate an interest in their online activities—their favourite Web sites, online games, and interests. And don’t be afraid to ask your children who they are talking to online and what they are talking about.