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From our first birthday celebrations to announcing our six-week summer programme, here’s what happened around the Hubs in June.

First birthday celebrations

South Tyneside families helped make our first birthday celebrations one to remember as over 400 people enjoyed a week’s worth of activities across several Hub destinations.

The Hubs welcomed people of all ages and backgrounds, with various activities on offer throughout the week to suit a wide range of interests.

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Big Help Out sees children tidy up local community

Local children from South Tyneside took to their local communities to take part in the Big Help Out litter pick.

The initiative aims to raise awareness of volunteering throughout the UK and provide opportunities for people to experience volunteering and make a difference in their communities.

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Local parent Louise praises work of Hubs

Louise’s confidence has gone from strength-to-strength since she started attending various groups at Bede Family Hub.
From feeling isolated and anxious to making friends for life, this is her story.
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Six-weeks summer schedule revealed

Our six-week summer programme gets underway on Monday 22 July, with new and exciting activities on offer across all 12 Family Hub locations.

Check out our full summer schedules here.

South Tyneside Family Hub Survey 2024

We would like to hear your views on South Tyneside Family Hubs and the services we offer you and your family.

Your responses will help shape our future offer and help us to ensure we are meeting the needs of every child, young person and family in South Tyneside.

This survey is aimed at parents and carers of children aged 0-19 years (or up to 25 if they have special educational needs), as well as parents who are expecting a baby.

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Your step-by-step guide to getting your childcare code for September.

If you are an eligible working parent in England, you can apply for:

15 hours childcare per week over 38 weeks of the year, if you have a child between 9 months old and 3 years old. Your child must be at least 9 months old on or before 31st August.
30 hours childcare per week over 38 weeks of the year, if you have a child aged 3 or 4 years old.

You have until 31 August to get your code from gov.uk to start in September. However, it’s important to remember some childcare providers will have different deadlines. Make sure you speak to yours at an early stage to find out more about their arrangements.

If you plan to return to work from parental leave or start a new job by the end of September, you can apply for a childcare code at the same time as everyone else. You will then receive a letter in the post within 1 to 2 weeks.

Here’s how to get your childcare code:

1. Check your eligibility online on the Childcare Choices website.

2. Speak to your provider, such as your nursery or childminder. Check what their arrangements are and that they can offer your child a place.

3. Create a childcare account on gov.uk if you don’t already have one, where you can apply for your code. You’ll need…

  • your National Insurance Number (or unique taxpayer reference if you are self-employed),
  • the date you started or are due to start work
  • details of any government support or benefits you receive
  • the UK birth certificate reference number (if you have one) for your child.

4. You may receive your code straight away, but it can take up to 7 days. You should then give this code to your provider.

5. Reconfirm your details on your gov.uk childcare account every 3 months.

If you have already applied for your code to start in September and received it before 1 June, you may need to reconfirm your details before you take up a place in September. Log into your childcare account on gov.uk to check when you need to do so.

If you needed to reconfirm your details for Tax-Free Childcare before 12 May and your reconfirmation window opened after 9 June, you will have received a letter from HMRC with a valid temporary code.

To find out more, read the frequently asked questions for parents here.

Click here to apply for your childcare code.

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Since launching in June 2023, South Tyneside Family Hubs has transformed the way services for families are delivered across South Tyneside.

In the last year, thousands of families have accessed our Hubs taking advantage of better integrated services from conception up to the age of 19 or 25 for those with additional needs.

The Hubs provide access to a broad range of universal, targeted and specialist services offering high quality information, advice, and support, enabling families to access the right support at the right time. The support on offer includes parenting support, early language and home learning, parent-child relationships, and infant feeding support.

The network of 12 Hubs has seen over 50,000 visits from 8,500 children, young people, parents, and carers.

Louise Taylor, 33, from Jarrow, is just one of the 5,224 parents and carers who has accessed the Hubs since its inception last year. Reflecting on her struggles and how much of an impact the Hubs has had on her life, Louise said: “I didn’t know many people when I moved to the area, and I felt isolated.

“I really struggled with anxiety, but when I started attending Bede Family Hub, I instantly felt welcomed. It’s given me a sense of belonging.

“I’m now a lot more confident and the Family Hub has given me a place to socialise and make new friends.”

Parenthood brings all sorts of challenges but by proving a ‘one-stop-shop’ and offering the right support at the right time, families need only tell their story once and help can be provided at the earliest opportunity.

Louise revealed she isn’t the only member of the family who has felt the benefits since attending the Family Hubs. She added: “I’ve grown so much as a parent and that means that my kids are growing too.

“I’ve attended the ‘HENRY’ programme and that gave me the skills to help us live a healthier and happier lifestyle. I’m able to manage my child’s behaviour better which makes home life so much more manageable and means my children have a really happy and supportive home environment.

“I go to the playgroup every Monday and try to attend individual sessions too. During the holidays I’m able to take my older child and he sees the Family Hub as a safe and welcoming space.

“I’d encourage any parent or carer to give it a try and see for themselves what is on offer.”

Natalie Padget, Early Years Practitioner, has witnessed Louise’s journey firsthand and admits she couldn’t be prouder of the progress she has made. “I’m so happy for Louise and I’m so proud of her.

“Her confidence has grown so much since attending the Hubs. She’s now in a position where she is supporting other parents with information and advice and to see her own children thriving is fantastic. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with her.”

Hear Louise’s story below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuOdIROIvko

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Our six-week summer programme gets underway on Monday 22 July, with new and exciting activities on offer across all 12 Family Hub locations.

After welcoming over 400 of you to our first birthday celebrations, this summer gives young people the opportunity to stay active and keep developing their skills during the school holidays.

The programme has something on offer to people of all ages and abilities across a wide range of interests from Williby Roc’s to Science Buddies and Learning with Play to Forest School.

Here are five reasons why our summer holiday programme could be perfect for your child:

A chance to make new friends – Our six-week programme provides an excellent opportunity for young people to socialise with people their own age over the school holidays.

Stay active – Keeping the kids active during the summer months is crucial for their health and wellbeing.

Learn something new – Whether it’s learning more about exotic animals, engaging in an exciting scientific experiment, cooking some tasty dishes, or our unique Forest School course, your child will have the opportunity to develop and learn something brand new.

Family bonding – Physical activities can be a fantastic way for families to spend quality time together. Whether it’s our Learning with Play group, a trip to Bill Quay farm, or participating in various sporting activities, staying active can strengthen family bonds.

Fun and enjoyment Summer is the perfect time for children to discover activities they genuinely enjoy. From family walks and arts and crafts to dancing and playing sports, there are countless ways for kids to have fun while staying active.

Bookings can be made by calling the Family Hubs with full programme block bookings also available for a selection of courses.

Check out our full summer schedules below:

Hebburn, Jarrow, Primrose

Bede, Biddick, Boldon

Horsley Hill, Ridgeway, Whitburn & Marsden

All Saints, Marine Park, Riverside

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Local children from South Tyneside took to their local communities to take part in the Big Help Out litter pick.

The initiative aims to raise awareness of volunteering throughout the UK and provide opportunities for people to experience volunteering and make a difference in their communities.

As official partner of the ‘Big Help Out’, Asda asked its store Community Champions to nominate areas that could do with a little bit of help to create a better outdoor community space.

‘The Burn’ in Boldon Colliery was identified, with over 80 young people from Boldon Family Hub, Boldon Stanley’s Daycare, West Boldon Primary, East Boldon Juniors and Sunshine Nursery attending the area to help out their community,

Tracey Tough, Community Life Champion at Asda’s Boldon Store, has been taking part in various litter picks across the South Tyneside community this summer. Reflecting on the latest opportunity, she said: “As we have a community programme, this was something we wanted to get involved with straightaway.

“We work closely with the local community through supporting local groups and schools throughout the year, but this event was a great opportunity to bring all the schools in the local area together.”

Tough also highlighted the importance of experiencing volunteering and how rewarding it can be for young people. She added: “It’s incredibly important. It’s also children learning form a young age to be aware of the local community, giving them pride and a sense of achievement.

“The event was a huge success. It is something we will do again as the children really enjoyed it.”

To get involved and make a difference in your local area, check out the Big Help Out app.

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South Tyneside families helped make our first birthday celebrations one to remember as over 400 people enjoyed a week’s worth of activities across several Hub destinations.

The Hubs welcomed people of all ages and backgrounds, with various activities on offer throughout the week to suit a wide range of interests.

Featuring a range of activities including baby sensory, balloon making and multisports, activities were also on offer for those with a passion for animals. Tails ‘N Snails and Animal Antics delivered a unique experience for families with Giant African millipedes, land snails and red tortoises just some of the special guests in attendance.

Tiny Tweeties delivered adventures of their own as young people and their families enjoyed pirate themed sessions with lots of singing and dancing. Cultural Spring enabled families to showcase their creative side making various arts and crafts including jewellery, bracelets and keyrings.

To mark South Tyneside Family Hubs turning one, families were also treated to a free family barbecue and climb at Simonside Climbing Wall.

After the birthday celebrations concluded, Gemma Briggs, Operational Manager Family Help Services, was quick to dedicate the successful week to the hardworking staff at South Tyneside Family Hubs. She said: “The whole week has been a massive success.

“Welcoming over 400 people to our Hubs is testament to all the hard work our staff do behind the scenes. Our partners also played a crucial part in the success of the event, ensuring so many children and their families had a fantastic experience.

“It has been an incredible year and to see so many smiles on everyone’s faces makes it all worthwhile. We hope families enjoyed all of the activities on offer and thank you to everyone who came to our first birthday celebrations.”

We’d also like to thank National Literacy Trust, Baby Sensory South Tyneside, Tails ‘N Snails, Foundation of Light, Tiny Tweeties, Animal Antics, Hartbeeps UK and Cultural Springs for supporting our event.