Win Your Child’s Height in Books is back!

Win Your Child’s Height in Books is back!

Our annual Facebook competition is back to celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Book Day on 2 March. It’s one of our favourite times of the year here at Computershare as we love celebrating books and authors, but most importantly, celebrating the love for reading.

There’s nothing better than getting hooked on a new book and discovering new gems that quickly become firm favourites. That’s why we want to give you a chance to win a big pile of books for your child.

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Choosing your out of school care

Choosing your out of school care

Out of schools clubs, also called breakfast or homework, are used by working parents to help with childcare outside of core school hours. 

They vary greatly in size, hours and activities. To help you choose the one that is right for you and your child, we have prepared a checklist and some more information. 

Clubs are often held in your child’s school, but can also take place in other local schools or community centers. Staff would then escort the children to the different location. They are usually organised per age group, and along with homework support, allow children to spend time with their friends playing games or doing arts and crafts. 

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What is ‘Progress 8’ exactly?

What is ‘Progress 8’ exactly?

If your child is in secondary school, not doubt you’ve heard about the change in how the GSCE results are published this year. For those of you who aren’t sure, we’ve put together some key facts to help you make some sense of it all.

Progress 8 is a new way of measuring secondary school performance, encouraging schools to offer a broad and balanced curriculum in KS4*. The new system will measure the progress of pupils from the end of primary school to the end of secondary school.

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Helping your child with homework

Helping your child with homework

Whether your child loves it or loathes it, homework reinforces what they are learning in school, and it also gives you a chance to become involved in the learning process.

Some schools use a homework diary, so you can keep track of what homework your child should be doing – particularly useful if your child is adamant they haven’t got any to do!

Homework clubs are becoming more and more popular as an after-school option – some settings will even accept childcare vouchers as payment, and they can help with your wraparound childcare arrangements too.

There are lots of ways you can establish good homework habits. Here’s a handful to get you going:

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30-hour free childcare – pilot scheme launch

The government is committed to delivering 30 hours of free childcare to hard working parents of three and four year olds by 2017.

From September this year, parents across eight UK councils (Wigan, Staffordshire, Swindon, Portsmouth, Northumberland, York, Newham and Hertfordshire) will pilot the scheme and benefit from extra hours of childcare a year early.

So how will it work?

Currently, three and four year olds (and disadvantaged two year olds) receive 15 hours of free childcare as standard. The additional 15 hours, making it 30 in total, will only be available to families where both parents are employed.

You’ll have to apply for each of the 15 hours separately. The existing 15 hours will be supplied by your local authority and childcare provider, as normal.  Applications for the additional 15 hours will go through a new system being developed by HMRC.

We look forward to seeing the results of the pilot scheme and will keep you updated as things develop.