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'How I help improve student mental health'

University students undergo big transitions, which can affect their mental health. Dr Luke Jefferies describes his work as a mental health adviser helping students through these difficulties. "In the 65 years since the NHS was founded, attitudes to mental health, including student mental health, have dramatically changed,"…

ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a group of behavioural symptoms that include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Symptoms of ADHD tend to be noticed at an early age and may become more noticeable when a child's circumstances change, such as when they start school. Most…

Advice on Tax Credits

HMRC You can get lots of information through the HMRC website and access to a variety of calculators and tools to aid calculations on a variety of subjects such as: Tax Credits Working Tax Credits Childcare Element of Working Tax Credits Child Benefit Income Tax National Insurance Self…

Anger and aggressive behaviour

Aggressive behaviour is when a child or young person reacts in hostile way towards peers, siblings or adults. It can include verbal and physical aggression. There are lots of reasons why your child or young person might be aggressive. They might be feeling anxious and…

Anxiety

Anxiety is an increasingly common problem among children and young people, with approximately 1 in 10 people experiencing it at some point in their lives. Some level of anxiety is common to everyone. We only consider anxiety a disorder when it starts to have a significant…

Autism - Embrace Autism because....

It is a part of the lives of many families.  Whether that is having a child with autism, a partner, family member, friend or colleague.  You may have autism yourself.  People with autism have many positive qualities and given the right opportunities, the environment and support…

Autism and Eating Difficulties

Some of our children have difficulties with swallowing or eating foods with particular texture, smells, colours, etc. Refusing to eat certain food, having meltdowns or showing other behaviours during meals, or gagging and vomiting around certain foods can be very difficult. A healthy diet A…

Baby and toddler play ideas

Ideas to help your child play and learn You can give your child lots of different opportunities to play, and it doesn't need to be difficult or expensive. Look at books and sing songs and nursery rhymes with your child. It's fun and will help…

Baby and toddler safety

Each year 40,000 under-fives are admitted to hospital following accidents, and lots of these accidents are preventable. Here's how to protect your baby or toddler from some of the commonest accidents that affect young children. Choking Suffocation Strangulation Falls in babies Falls in toddlers Poisoning Burns…

Benefits and Benefits Advice

Benefits can be a very complex area simply because what you are entitled to will depend on your personal circumstances. What one person is entitled to can be very different from another person even though on the surface, it may look like they have similar…

Breakfast and After School Clubs

After school clubs are clubs which provide children with a range of activities at the end of the school day. These clubs may be run by schools themselves, on the school site, or they may be run by private or voluntary organisations. Some schools and…

Care and Support

Caring for a child with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) can put a lot of strain on parents and families as a whole. Many families will need some help and support at different times. As a parent of a  child or young person with…

Childcare and Short Breaks

Children who have SEN and disabilities benefit from opportunities to take part in activities outside the home where they can mix with other children, develop their social skills and independence and pursue their interests. This might include after school clubs, holiday clubs, weekend activities, youth…

Choosing a school

When your child is old enough to go to school, you may want him or her to attend your nearest mainstream school or you may want to consider other mainstream schools. At secondary transfer time you will also be thinking about which school will suit…

Coram Family and Childcare News

Coram Family and Childcare published a new report, co-authored with Frontier Economics and funded by the Nuffield Foundation, which looks at the support local authorities have provided the childcare sector through the pandemic. It reveals local authorities' concerns about the future of the sector, particularly…

Covid-19 support

West Berkshire Council is here to help families who are struggling and need assistance with food or other forms of support. Help is available for families struggling to access food this half-term. There is no reason for any children in West Berkshire to be going…

Disabled Children's Register

The Disabled Children Register (DCR) is a secure database which aims to capture information about all children and young people aged 0-25 years with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in West Berkshire.  The information that you give us will be used anonymously to show…

Early Years Provision

All early years settings (including nurseries, pre schools and childminders) which are registered with Ofsted have to follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. As part of this, early years settings are required to have in place arrangements to support children with SEN and disabilities.…

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.
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