Useful links

Ofsted

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They report directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial. They inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages. www.ofsted.gov.uk


Charity Commission

The Charity Commission registers and regulates charities in England and Wales. They offer charities advice and provide a wide range of services and guidance to help them run as effectively as possible. They also keep the online Register of Charities, which provides information about each of the thousands of registered charities in England and Wales. www.charity-commission.gov.uk


Kent children and family information service

This service provides free information and advice to parents, carers and members of the public about childcare and early years education. www.kent.gov.uk/education_and_learning/childcare_and_pre-school/cfis.aspx


Department for Education

This department is responsible for education and children’s services. www.education.gov.uk


e-Safety

Information for parents of under 5’s on e-safety. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/ and https://www.childnet.com/resources/parents-and-carers-resource-sheet/


Preventing Terrorism

This website ‘Lets Talk About It’ is designed to provide a better understanding, practical help and guidance to the public in order to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. www.ltai.info/about/


Direct Gov.

This is the UK government’s digital service for people in England and Wales. It delivers information and practical advice about public services, bringing them all together in one place. www.direct.gov.uk


Bower Grove Parent Support

Offers support for Maidstone families with special needs. www.bower-grove.kent.sch.uk


Easyfundraising

Helps charities to raise money when their supporters shop online. All you have to do is register with easyfundraising and when you do your online shopping a donation will be passed on to Penenden Heath Pre-School. www.easyfundraising.org.uk


Children’s Centres

These are centres that provide information and services for families with young children. www.kenttrustweb.org.uk/chc/chc_home.cfm


Early Years Foundation Stage

This brochure provides information for all families with children under the age of 5 years including information on the revised statutory framework of the Early Years Foundation Stage which takes effect from September 2021. https://foundationyears.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/What-to-expect-in-the-EYFS-complete-FINAL-16.09-compressed.pdf?

Additional Guidance for supporting children with Special educational needs and disability can be found following this link.

SEND information hub – Kent County Council – The KCC Local Offer.

Children’s Therapies – The Pod – Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (kentcht.nhs.uk)


BBC Schools

Provides educational learning resources for children with activities and games. www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/eyfs


KCC School Admissions

Provides information about applying for school places.www.kent.gov.uk/education_and_learning/school_education/applying_for_a_school_place.aspx


Food agency

Ideas for healthy packed lunches can be found on these websites. www.food.gov.uk and Change4life

Oral Health

A mini guide on Oral Health for children from the Early Years Alliance.

Support to stop Smoking

• Stop Smoking Kent Helpline – 0800 849 4444, Email kcht.sss@nhs.net, Text: QUIT to 87023, Fax: 01303 858935 or Website: www.smokefreekent.co.uk

• Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) – offer confidential advice on problems associated with smoking in the workplace. Tel: (0207) 739 5902. Website: www.ash.org.uk

• National ‘Giving Up Smoking’ Helpline is on 0800 1690169.