February 2014 Meeting

AWIB February 2014We were delighted to experience a good meal at the Star and Garter Hotel for our February 2014 meeting of AWIBC, with an excellent turnout of members and guests.

Our speaker, Heather Bevis from Cfit (Childcare & Information Team) proved herself to be an interesting speaker, providing us with links to information and services, such as childcare, for anyone connected to children and young people. We got to
consider the benefit to business and community that can be gained by the knowledge that Cfit are able to provide appropriate, impartial, up to date information and help.

It become apparent to me that there are still many myths about child care issues, and Cfit have the actual facts, that can be accessed by those with the joys, and challenges of caring for children and young people.

We learned a little more about Ofsted, childcare vouchers, grants, etc and were reminded that children and young people are the future workers, and how we run our businesses will affect us and them.

Heather knew her subject, and it was a pleasure for us to have her to talk to AWIBC.

More information  about Hampshire Childcare & Family Information Team (Cfit):

Hampshire Cfit is a free, confidential and impartial service. They provide information and guidance on childcare, early years education and related services in Hampshire for children and young people aged 0 -19 (Including those with additional needs).
Website: http://www3.hants.gov.uk/childcare/cis.html
A list of publications can be found at: http://www3.hants.gov.uk/cfit-publications
To search for childcare, etc: www.fid.hants.gov.uk
Alternatively, you can call or email: childcare@hants.gov.uk
Call us on 0845 603 5620*
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8:00am – 8:00pm Saturday 9:30am – 4:00pm
Alternatively call 01329 225398 – standard and local call rates apply to this number.

* Call charges apply
Calls to 0845 numbers are free on some BT call plans but will cost
between 4p (local rate) and 6p (national rate) per minute for BT customers not on a plan.
Calls made using other service providers or mobiles may cost more.