The service matches disabled children with qualified childminders to provide them short breaks, in a childminding setting, that is an enjoyable and socially developmental experience.

How does the service work?

Children are offered a place with an Ofsted registered childminder who will have as a minimum an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check, hold a level 3 qualification, be part of a quality assurance scheme and have undertaken additional training. When a child is matched with a childminder, the requirements of the child and the family, availability of a childminder with relevant skills and the locality of both the family and the childminder are all taken into account.

The care is only be offered in the home of the childminder, as this is their registered place of work. The project is not able to offer care in the child's home or any other location.

All sessions must end by 7.30pm.

Who is the service for?

"It is a good way of providing respite. Gave me a break from caring duties while preparing my child for full time school as he went to the childminder from the morning nursery session"

Families with disabled children aged between 1 and 13 who would benefit from some respite from caring for their child. Families are referred by Birmingham local authority and are allocated a set number of hours.  

What does the service provide?The respite the parent/carer gains means they:

  • Have improved physical and emotional well-being
  • Are able to maintain the balance between caring and parenting
  • Are able to maintain your personal identity
  • Are able to maintain family life and lead a closer to ordinary life
  • Have improved stability

Plus the child:

  • Has improved emotional health
  • Engages in more positive behaviours
  • Is developing and improving social skills
  • Has improved communication skills

When is it on?

Days and times that can be offered are varied, dependant on family requirements and vacancies of childminders in the families locality including weekends and school holiday. However all session must finished by 19.30pm. 

How to access the service

Through Birmingham local authority - referrals are accepted from anyone who knows or works with the family and child / young person with the information required to complete their referral form e.g.; parents, social care, health, Children Centres.

Contact on 07818 593603

KIDS Chilldminding Inclusion Project, 249 Birmingham Road, Sutton, B72 1EA

Tel.: 0121 362 4566

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