Volunteering - Frequently Asked Questions
Unfortunately we are not able to provide this as the programme aims to support local people in Newham to become job ready. We can signpost you to Newham childcare providers and provide information on eligibility to access free childcare funding.
Benefits claimants are required to notify their benefits adviser or job coach of their intention to start volunteering.
Volunteers provide their time free to organisations. The organisation/Children's Centre you volunteer for cannot give you any money except for reimbursing you for out-of-pocket expenses. These must be expenses that you’ve incurred in order to volunteer, for example, the cost of travel, parking etc.
Time lines are dependent on a number of factors; your availability to attend the training, how quickly you are able to complete the required forms and reference checks, how long your DBS takes to return (these can take between one week and three months). We will ensure we keep in touch with you on a regular basis.
In part, you can still volunteer and your hours maybe counted toward the number of placement hours required (check with your learning provider). However we will not be able to permit your assessor to asses you during your volunteering. Therefore you will still need to secure a placement in a childcare setting; nursery, day-care provider etc, which we may be able to help you with too. Just let us know that you are looking for a placement on your application.
No it doesn’t mean you can’t volunteer. Please speak to a member of our team for support and advise on other options available to you.
No it doesn’t, but you will need to discuss this with us in advance. Please click here for guidance from gov.uk.
English not being your first language will not prevent you from volunteering, in fact it's very useful to have a Newham community language. We may suggest further support for you in improving your English prior to placement depending on your level of English. We would also try to place you with a mentor who speaks your home language.
"I chose to volunteer with Early Start because I wanted to gain more experience in dealing with parents and children to progress to a family support worker role or something similar. The programme has been very easy to access. I have gained confidence in speaking to parents and children. I would recommend the Early Start Volunteering Programme as it’s an enjoyable experience filled with plenty of things to learn."