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Guides providing help for summer

PARENTS looking for fun and stimulating activities for their children over the summer holiday are to be given a helping hand thanks to the launch of two new information guides.

PARENTS looking for fun and stimulating activities for their children over the summer holiday are to be given a helping hand thanks to the launch of two new information guides.

The summer holidays can often be a difficult period for parents trying to find activities for their children, it can also create difficulties for parents needing to work.

Solihull Council has launched a 56 page booklet of summer activities and play schemes, plus a handy pocket size guide to activities for young people.

The Summer Activities Booklet features over 150 activities throughout the borough. Many activities are free of charge, including park events, library events, outdoor play opportunities, fun days, play schemes and much more.

The booklet also includes a six page section highlighting the range of support available to children with additional needs over the holidays and a section listing Ofsted registered play schemes where children can be cared for whilst their parents work. Many parents can claim tax credits or participate in employer run schemes which can cover up to 80 per cent of the cost of Ofsted Registered schemes, depending on parents’ circumstances.

The Summer Sizzler guide has been designed with the help of a group of young people. The pocket-sized guide aimed at young people unfolds to feature 20 pages of activities in youth centres, libraries, parks and open spaces including trips, sporting activities, arts, music and much more.

Leader of Solihull Council and cabinet member for children and young people, Coun Ken Meeson, said: “It can be tricky for parents to find ways of keeping their children entertained over the summer, and others will have to juggle this with going to work and other commitments. I hope that they will find these guides useful and that they encourage children and young people to participate in the many activities available.”

Activities in the activities booklet are suitable for children and young people aged 3-16 years, activities in the youth guide are suitable for young people aged 13-19 years.

Both publications are available free of charge from libraries, schools, Sure Start Children’s Centres or direct from Solihull Family Information Service.

Solihull Family Information Service replaced the Children’s Information Service in April this year as the council’s service to give parents with children aged 0-19 years advice on a range of topics including childcare, family support services as well as things to do and places to go.

The service can be contacted free of charge by phone on 0800 389 8667, by e-mail at familyinfo@solihull.gov.uk, or by text message on 07740 046 045. Information is also available online at www.solihull.gov.uk/familyinfo.

 

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