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Education and Learning

In this section you will find a range of support services and information on education, learning and skills for children and adults living in West Berkshire. Education in West Berkshire is available from pre-school to adult.

Expecting a Baby

This page will give you access to information on pregnancy rights, pay and benefits. Maternity Action Provides information on a wide range of pregnancy related issues. Working Families Provides information on your rights during pregnancy and returning to work. Gov.uk Use Gov.uk to calculate your maternity pay…

Family

Welcome to West Berkshire's Family Section West Berkshire's Family section is known as the Family Information Service, we offer a telephone and on-line directory service, dedicated to providing free up to date information for parents, parents to be, carers and professionals to help support children up to their 20th…

Family Hubs

Providing services for children and families in West Berkshire Family Hubs deliver all of the same services as our Children's Centres used to, and will continue to support families, parents and carers of children aged 0 to 5 years old. Services are delivered from a number of different…

Fit volunteering into your life

Family and work commitments can make it difficult to commit to volunteering on a regular basis. But a growing trend in one-off volunteering opportunities shows that a lack of time might not be an obstacle. From animal welfare to working with young people; from sports volunteering to working…

Fitness advice for wheelchair users

As a wheelchair user, getting active will bring you important health benefits and can help you manage daily life, too. Regular aerobic exercise - the kind that raises your heart rate and causes you to break a sweat - and muscle-strengthening exercise are just as…

Five ways to Wellbeing

Five Ways to Wellbeing Getting your 'five a day' for mental health and wellbeing Don't you agree that there are some days when you 'feel good' and other days when you don't? There are lots of free and meaningful things that we can all do everyday…

Fostering and Adoption

What is the difference between fostering and adoption? Fostering is a temporary arrangement to provide children with a home because they are unable to be cared for by their birth parents for various reasons. The parental responsibility for the child is held by the local…

Gay health: the issues

If you're gay, lesbian or bisexual, by being aware of your health risks and having relevant health checks, you can stay healthy and reduce your risk of illness. Gay men, lesbians and bisexual people have the same health needs as straight people. However, research shows that…

Get active for mental wellbeing

Being active is great for your physical health and fitness, and evidence shows that it can also improve your mental wellbeing. We think that the mind and body are separate. But what you do with your body can have a powerful effect on your mental…

Going to work after mental health issues

If you've had a mental health problem and been off or out of work, you may worry about going back. You may be concerned about how your colleagues will react, for example, or that you won't be able to cope. But most people find that…

Health & Wellbeing

Good Health and wellbeing is essential in ensuring a happy and fulfilling family life. We can all take small steps towards improving our physical and mental health. By making healthier life style choices you can reduce the risk of long-term health conditions. The NHS website…

Health for the homeless

'Maria' started taking drugs just at the weekends, but her habit grew until she was spending all her wages on drugs. Eventually she lost her job and her flat. She slept in parks and churchyards, and her health deteriorated. Maria's story is not unusual: homelessness…

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC)

Webinars are popular.  You can choose between a recorded webinar available any time or a live webinar where you can ask questions. Webinars  Foster Carers webinar (registration required) We are also on Twitter and Facebook, please click on the followin links for more information: @HMRCbusiness Facebook…

Information for Providers (including Free Entitlement)

This Page is for Childcare providers EY3 form to tell Ofsted about certain changes to individuals, including names, addresses and any start or leave dates. Click on is link to find the Form: Early years and childcare providers: EY3 changes to individuals Free Entitlement Providers (Including…

Introducing your toddler to a new baby

The arrival of a new brother or sister can be unsettling for a toddler who is used to having your undivided attention. You may find that your toddler isn't as happy and excited about your new baby as you are. Some find it difficult to adjust. These tips may make…

Is work good for your health?

Work is good for your bank balance but bad for your health, right? Wrong. The characteristics of work - activity, social interaction, identity and status - are proven to be beneficial for our physical and mental health. Recent research shows that people in work tend…

Learning disabilities: Annual Health Checks

People with learning disabilities often have poorer physical and mental health than other people. This doesn't need to be the case. The Annual Health Check scheme is for adults and young people aged 14 or above with learning disabilities who need more health support and who…
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