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Q.Please could we have any further information around how Brexit may affect BFG personnel after March 2019? In particular how does Kindergeld affect Forces families?
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I would like to start by highlighting that the status and most privileges enjoyed by members of the BFG Community are granted under the Status of Forces Agreement  and not the UK’s membership in the European Union (EU). This Agreement will remain unchanged following our departure from the EU. 

However, a number of benefits, including Kindergeld, do stem from membership of the EU.  The UK and EU have reached an agreement in principle on the terms of a time-limited implementation period, which is expected to run until the end of 2020.  We anticipate that common rules will remain in place until the end of the Implementation period. Therefore families rebasing in the Summer of 2019 should not notice any changes resulting from BREXIT.

Q.I've been my granddaughters carer since my daughter joined(single parent) this way she doesn't have any child care concerns and can focus on her duties, the three of us reside in SFA in the UK.
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Her next posting is Germany. She's over the moon and hopes we can have the same arrangement at her new unit. This area is very grey, people aren't sure if I can accompany her being her mother but this would mean her daughter couldn't either due to childcare requirements, if possible please can you advise?
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I would advise that your daughter contact her receiving Unit HR department to discuss her personal circumstances. There is provision in Germany for Service Personnel to be accompanied by permanently resident close relatives.  Your daughter will need to apply to the Dependant Status Review Panel prior to her arrival. They will review her case and provide advice on conditions of residency accordingly. This can be done as soon as she has received her Assignment Order.

The policy on this subject is contained within SI BFG 3217 Para; 2.13 which your daughter can obtain through her receiving Unit HR department.

I would like to reassure you that your daughter will receive advice and support during the application process which should take no longer than 2 weeks.

Q.Is it true that the adoption service in Germany no longer exists?
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I was led to believe that all facilities would carry on as normal until drawdown but having had information from SSAFA and Core Assests it would appear that the process can not even be started whilst serving in Germany. I would like to find out if this is true and if not can you please point me in the right direction as presently I am being send from one person to another and no one is helping. Please help! - Name and Address Supplied
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I can confirm that it is not true that the adoption service in Germany no longer exists.  British Forces Social Work Services (BFSWS) currently offers an adoption support service and they can arrange for families in British Forces Germany to start the comprehensive assessment while in Germany.

For further information, contact Cathy Dobson, Head of Service, BFSWS on 0521 9254 2695.

Q.As a busy working mum with different age children, I would like to know why the only under 3 nursery setting in Paderborn, Acreswood, is not open in conjunction with Bishopspark school?
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School starts at 0815 and the nursery does not open until 0830. This results in parents, myself included hanging around with their young children, waiting for the nursery to open, often in unpleasant/cold weather with no shelter. Could the nursery not open from 0800? - Name and Address Supplied
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As a result of your question and Acreswood Nursery parents’ questionnaire, Directorate Children and Young People have extended the opening hours and the nursery now opens from 08:15 until 15:30, Monday to Friday. I hope that this provides you with additional flexibility.

Q.I am asking about the lack of age 5 and upwards after school provision here in Gutersloh, is there any scope to get any?
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At the moment there is a fabulous nursery which provides care for under 5s right up until 1630 but no provision for school age children apart from the after school clubs which happen on various days of the week. - Kerry Curwen
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Service Children’s Education have confirmed that, the requirement for this provision was determined at Attenborough School in Sennelager and they are able to offer fee-paying afterschool provision for approximately 20 children covering Foundation Stage 2 up to Year 4.  With all afterschool settings, they need to be financially viable based on demand.

I have asked Service Children’s Education to canvass parents and carers to ascertain the requirement for similar afterschool care in Bielefeld and Gütersloh.

Q.Why is there no Garrison wide provision for Bikeability( the new Cycling Proficiency)?
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It used to be run yearly in BFG, runs in the UK and on the local Germam net and is routinely advocated as being very beneficial to the child cyclist. It is perhaps more important here in BFG due to the increased number of cycle paths around all German towns. It is a real shame that Bikeability has been cut to the BFG children.
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I personally believe that teaching young people road safety, and in particular how to ride their bikes safely, is important, especially here in Germany where cycling is a part of the way of life. 

I have directed the BFG Master Driver to deliver Garrison wide Bikeability programme.  This will be on offer from the spring next year in preparation for the summer months.

Q.My question is, can the hourly rate for nursery childcare be dropped in line with the pay scale for dependants?
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There is only one full time care nursery available for parents in Sennelager. This does not leave parents with any choice on where their children go. The price per hour for nurseries is set as UK average, however, the wages for the dependants do not reflect the average wage in UK.
This would make it easier for wives/partners to afford going back to work.
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The Directorate Children and Young People partially subsidises the cost of childcare in order to fund sustainable, good quality and affordable childcare settings.  They are committed to providing at least one full-time provision in each remaining station in BFG. The fees are set in line with the UK average and the same hourly rates are applied to other overseas locations, including Brunei and Gibraltar, and Cyprus from January 2017.

Q.I am keen for my children to get the meningitus B vaccination. Unfortunately they fall outside the age bracket to receive this on the NHS, but if we were in the UK I would be able to pay for them to receive the jab.
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Living in BFG I have been told the vaccination is unavailable for my children even though I am willing to pay, with my only option being to fly to the UK or Holland twice to get the jabs. Surely this breaks the military covenant as my children are at a disadvantage by being in BFG? – Name and Address Supplied
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The provision of healthcare in British Forces Germany reflects NHS practice with the Meningitis B vaccination given free of charge to children born after 1st May 2015 and to individuals who are identified as being at risk.  The NHS does not provide this vaccination on a repayment basis and this is therefore not an option under BFG Healthcare arrangements. 

I can however advised that as in the UK, the vaccine is available privately in Germany.  The BFG Health Service does advise that you discuss having this vaccine with your GP before doing so.  Your local SLO office can help you to identify a local, private provider who may offer this service although clearly they cannot make any recommendations with respect to service providers. 

Q.Why has the provision for teaching DARE been stopped in BFG?
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It was routinely taught in SCE schools by trained RMP personnel to year group 5 with the possibility of extension at Y8. After speaking with the RMP I am led to believe that the RMP trained certain school members of local SCE schools to deliver DARE but that for some reason or another it is not being delivered. - Name and Address Supplied
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You are right that DARE was previously delivered by the RMP in SCE schools however I can reassure you that this education is still being delivered in SCE schools. 

The DARE topics of bullying, peer group pressure, the use of social media, misuse of drugs and alcohol has now been incorporated into the education syllabus and is delivered as part of Personal, Social and Health Education.

Q.With the Re-basing happening over the next few Years how is Paderborn Station going to make Bad Lippspringe and Schlangen feel part of the Station?
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With no Local Youth Club, Naafi, PEC, Cinema etc like there is in Paderborn and Sennelager. - Name and Address Supplied
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The straight answer to your question is that we can only provide central facilities at each station.  Transport is provided to ensure access from all homes to those facilities.  I am happy that this is the best way to provide high quality services to the whole community.