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Thursday, 21 June 2018

30 hours free childcare

Working parents with children aged 3 and 4 years have now been able to access 30 hours free childcare in England and in overseas locations since 1 September 2017.

30 hours free childcare codes issued by HMRC are not valid for use overseas.

To ensure eligible Service personnel and MOD Civilians have access to 30 hours free childcare overseas, the MOD (not HMRC) administers and funds 30 hours free childcare, either free of charge in MOD settings or by means of Overseas Nursery Allowance (ONA) in isolated areas. Relevant DINs can be accessed via the Defence Intranet;

Posted back to England?

If you are currently claiming 30 hours free childcare overseas and are due to return to England in the near future, you should visit the Childcare Choices website ( to register and apply for a 30 hours childcare code.

Parents experiencing any issues with obtaining a code should contact the HMRC helpline on 0300 123 4097. In some cases, parents are unable to sign-up online and if eligible, HMRC will be able to issue a manual code.

New email address for CEAS from 30th June 2018

CEAS are part of the MOD’s Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP) and are a small dedicated team, who are experienced in advising service parents on a wide range of issues regarding the education of service children in the UK and overseas.

You can contact CEAS by email. Please note that with effect from the 30 June 2018, the email address will change to

Please include as much information as possible about your query, such as the age of your child(ren), an explanation of your situation to help the team respond to you and allow a few days for a response.

All queries regarding CEA and Eligibility Certificates should be made by email to the address above. If you need to speak to someone, the telephone number is 01980 618244 and there is an answerphone facility.

For further information visit the website at

Time running out for MoD Childcare Voucher Scheme

Time is running out - the MOD Childcare Voucher Scheme is closed to new entrants from 5 October 2018
There is still time to join, but parents must apply soon as childcare vouchers are closed to new entrants from the 5 October 2018, so a deduction has to be made by the September pay period.
​Please visit for further information.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Easy Resettlement Magazine

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Queen Victoria School (MOD Boarding School) Open Morning – Sept 2018

Queen Victoria School in Dunblane, is a co-educational boarding school for children of UK Armed Forces personnel who are Scottish, who have served in Scotland, or who have been members of a Scottish regiment.
​The main entry point is into Primary 7, and all places are fully funded for tuition and boarding by the Ministry of Defence.
Queen Victoria School is hosting its Open Morning on Saturday 15th September 2018 from 0900-1200. The morning will provide an opportunity to tour the campus, chat with staff and pupils, and ask any questions you may have about life at Queen Victoria School, or the admissions process.
To join us at our Open Morning, please contact the Admissions Secretary, Mrs Ann Macfarlane on 94745 2927, or +44 (0) 131 310 2927, email, or write to Admissions Secretary, Queen Victoria School, Dunblane, Perthshire FK15 0JY.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Arriva Bus Service 74 - New Bus Service from Gamecock Barracks

Click HERE to see bus service timetables for Services 74/74A/74B 

NRA Military Adaptive Championship 2018 - 21 June

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Monday, 4 June 2018

Urgent need for blood donors, especially O- and B-

The NHSBT (NHS Blood and Transplant) is calling on Service Personnel (and family members where permissible) to help top up UK blood stocks. There is now a new urgent appeal. Supplies of two vital blood groups are running low – including O negative, the only blood type which can be given safely to any patient in an emergency situation. The call-up comes because serving (and ex) military personnel are more likely to know their blood type.   
O negative and B negative donors are being prioritised and they can walk in and donate at several of NHS Blood and Transplant's fixed site donor centres. You can find all centre details at or call 0300 123 23 23.

​Anyone with booked appointments are asked to stick to them, but if you know you cannot attend then please let NHS Blood know as soon as possible so that the session can be freed-up for others to donate lifesaving blood.