What's New

 

Tax Free Childcare
Overview Tax-Free Childcare is a new government scheme to help working parents with the cost of childcare. Parents will be able to open an online account, which they can use to pay for childcare from a registered provider. For every £8 a parent pays in, the government will pay in an extra £2. Parents can receive up to £2,000 per child, per year, towards their childcare costs, or £4,000 for disabled children. 
The scheme will be available for children under the age of 12, or under 17 for children with disabilities. To qualify, parents will have to be in work, and each expecting to earn at least £120 a week. Each parent must not have income over £100,000 per year.
 
Childcare Providers - Use the information below to get ready to sign up to Tax-Free Childcare. You’ll need to sign up to receive payments from parents. Throughout September and October 2016, letters were sent to regulated and approved childcare providers across the UK, asking you to sign up online for Tax-Free Childcare. Further letters are being sent out to all registered childcare providers who have yet to sign up, ahead of Tax-Free Childcare being introduced to parents. You must be a regulated or approved childcare provider to receive Tax-Free Childcare. Only childcare providers registered with a regulator can receive Tax-Free Childcare payments. To register with a regulator can take up to 12 weeks. If you aren’t, do so now, so that your customers can pay you using Tax-Free Childcare. Parents will be able to see if you’ve signed up for Tax-Free Childcare. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll appear on our new digital tool which lets parents search for childcare providers who can be paid using Tax-Free Childcare.
 
Be ready for Tax-Free Childcare - If you’re running a business, you’ll need your 10-digit Unique Tax Reference (UTR) number to sign up for Tax-Free Childcare. This is the number that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) gave you when you first told HMRC that you were working for yourself. You can find your UTR on any HMRC communications, for example, your tax statement or payment reminder, or by logging onto your Personal Tax Account. If you can’t find your UTR number, HMRC can send this number to your address. For more information, call the childcare service helpline on 0300 123 4097.
 
Making Tax-Free Childcare payments will be easyWhen you signup, you’ll need to give us your bank details. Parents will then be able to send you payments directly from their Tax-Free Childcare accounts to your bank account (via BACS). Each child will have a Tax-Free Childcare reference number. Parents can let you know their reference number to help you identify their payments.
 
Education begins at home campaign

Helping your child at home makes a difference to their performance in school. The home environment is the single biggest factor in educational attainment. By creating an environment that values education and supports a child’s learning, parents are giving their child a significant head start in life. Education begins at home on Facebook and Twitter is a place for parents and carers to share ideas on how to help their child through education and play. Members are encouraged to post useful links to activities and learning tools that can help children develop their learning skills.  Information and links to a wide variety of education based topics is also available on the page. For more information and resources about the education begins at home campaign you can download the campaign information pack.

Welsh Government link

FIS Facebook page
  • As a recent idea we have decided to provide a pleasant welcome on our FIS facebook page to all new services, activities and organisations in the borough who support families and register with our service.
  • As always, for established services we ask that if you have any news stories you feel our followers would be interested in please e-mail them to us and include any photos you may have that you are able to share and we would be more than pleased to share them on the FIS facebook page.
  • As an exciting new development we are also planning “A day in the life of…” This would be aimed at more established services. This idea is in the early stages but we would welcome it if services would like to put your name forward as our “Guinea Pigs”, Once a week we will focus on a childcare setting, organisation or service who are willing to participate with us. The idea being throughout day (almost live) we will join in the fun following the planned activities, posting photos and comments from opening until closing time. 
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  • We look forward to hearing from you, please contact us in the following ways:-
  • 01443 863232 
  • Fis@caerphilly.gov.uk 
  • http://your.caerphilly.gov.uk/fis 
  • Like us on facebook – Caerphilly Family Information Service
  • Ty Penallta, Parc Tredomen, Ystrad Mynach Hengoed, CF82 7PG 
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  • Money Advice Service and Big Lottery Fund announce new parenting project to equip children with life-long money management skills 
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    The Money Advice Service and Big Lottery Fund in Wales will be collaborating on a new pilot project called: Talk, Learn, Do: Parents, Kids and Money - a pilot scheme which aims to improve parent’s confidence when teaching their children money management skills.
     
    The pilot scheme aims to motivate parents and equip them with the confidence and ability to develop the next generation of money savvy adults. Parents will be encouraged to help their children develop skills such as self-control, perseverance, sensible attitudes to money and setting financial goals. 
     
    The project will run in Caerphilly in partnership with Welsh Government initiatives such as Families First and Flying Start, and also with the Family Links Nurture Programme. Click the link here for the full press release.
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