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Drugs information and advice

People take drugs for all sorts of reasons, because they think drugs can make them forget their worries, because their friends do, or because they think it might be fun. However, taking drugs can become a habit. Some people depend on them just to cope…

Alcohol

People drink alcohol for all sorts of reasons. Many people enjoy alcohol and most of the time it is not a problem, but drinking heavily can damage your health, especially if you’re a young person. Besides damaging the liver, heart and brain, heavy drinking can…

Emergency accommodation

If you are under 16, Social Services have a duty to provide emergency accommodation for you. This may be with a family or in a hostel, B&B or similar. The local councils have a duty to help with emergency accommodation for over 16s – the…

Buying your home

Buying a home is probably the biggest purchase you'll make in your life, so get as much advice as you can. Check out the local papers and sign up with local estate agents. This is free and they will send you details of properties that…

Starting a day nursery

There is a growing demand for full day care from working parents. Day nurseries provide care and education for pre-school children aged from six weeks to five years of age. They must be registered and regularly inspected by Ofsted. Strict guidelines on staff/children ratios must be complied with. …

Business Planning - Research

This section of your business plan is one of the most important - it's where you need to demonstrate the need or demand for your new services. This might include statistical information such as the growth in population and live births, the increasing number of…

Ensuring quality in childcare settings

The Southampton Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership is committed to raising the standard of provision for children through the promotion of Quality Assurance.  There are a number of Quality Assurance schemes supported by the EYDCP - National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA), Professional Association for…

Student Social Work Placements

Work based placements are provided in adult and children's services for students undertaking the social work degree, or a Masters in Social Work or Step to social work programme. Placements vary in length from seventy to one hundred days. First and Final Placements are offered…

Already Working in Childcare?

In this section of the website you will find useful information if you're working with children and families, or in a child-related job in the city, or if you're interested in starting a new career in this exciting area of work. Visit the 'Working with…

Housing benefits

Depending on your income, you may be able to get help with your rent and/or council tax payments. Read all about housing benefits in the links below. No Limits Xtra is a specialist No Limits team who can help you with debt advice, access to…

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