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12 to 23 months

From 12 months onwards, children start to explore and try out new things. They begin to move around the room independently and enjoy playing with toys by themselves for a short time. They are also communicating and developing their language skills. You can help your…

2-3 years

Your child will do a lot of their development at this age. They become busy little people, running, walking up stairs, using their imagination when playing and will follow simple instructions like "bath time". The time between 2-3 years old is often known as the…

3-4 years

Good communication is key to children's relationships and development. Your child is now becoming much more independent and will want to do more things by themselves, such as putting on their coat or getting in to the car. They will also want to talk and…

6-12 months

Leading health experts around the world agree the first 1001 days of a child’s development influence a child’s future more than any other time in their life. From 6 to 12 months, your baby will be developing quickly, babbling, gesturing and recognising some words. They…

Apprenticeships and employment

If you have special educational needs or a disability and are looking for work, there are lots of places you can find help Training and extra help finding work If you feel you may need a bit of extra support in a workplace or help…

Asylum, Refugees and Resettlement Scheme

Information, advice and support to help newly arrived families settle and feel welcomed in Sandwell. Newly arrived families, asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants should feel safe, respected and understood.  Families need support with accommodation, education, childcare, family support, health, benefits and employment. There is lots…

Baby and toddler eating and mealtimes

Mealtimes are often a time when children learn that they can gain some control over their parents. Parents may become concerned that their child is not eating enough and frustrated when their child refuses food and/or demand alternative meals. Most children go through a phase…

Bedtime and sleeping routines

Getting your child to go to bed can be quite a battle. As soon as you mention the word ‘bed’ your child may run riot in a bid to show you how awake they are. Even if you get them into bed you may still…

Being a teenager

Being a teenager is an exciting and special time. Everything starts changing and family life can feel mixed up. There's lots to deal with, body changes and body image, exams, peer pressure, sex and relationships. You might want to know stuff but don't want to…

Birth

Congratulations on the birth of your baby. Becoming a new parent is often exhausting but also a magical time. Your baby is ready to learn and grow with you. Take a look at some ideas you, your family and friends can do to help your…