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Holiday Childcare

Finding suitable, affordable childcare during school holidays can be a challenge. Many  playschemes and childminders are open, and there are usually lots of activities to keep the kids busy. Choosing the right option for your family can take time. It may be that you have…

Early Years and Childcare

It is important that children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families have access to services as early as possible. At the Early Years stage identification is usually through a health agency (e.g. health visitor or paediatrician). Once identified, and with the…

Libraries

Libraries are places where children discover, imagine and go on magical journeys. There are lots of children's activities run by your local library, storytelling, crafts, science, magic shows, dressing up. Library staff are always on hand to give advice on books to read, help with…

Coronavirus information and resources

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) has had a huge impact on family life. It is important that families can access the right support throughout the crisis.  Find the latest local Coronavirus information, Government guidance and advice from NHS and Public Health England, as well as tips on talking to…

Young People

Growing up can be an exciting but difficult time for both young people and parents.  Teenagers have to deal with peer pressure, exams, body changes, sexuality and identity. They still need love and support from parents and family. They also want more freedom and to be…

Parenting classes and support

Parenting programmes provide you with the opportunities to learn and improve your parenting skills, helping you understand your children's needs and helping you cope with present and future difficulties. They also provide you with a chance to meet and share experiences with other parents and…

Family Support

Family life is full of rewards and challenges. Finding the right support at the right time is important. Family Support has a range of information and advice services for parents and carers. Search for a local or national service by clicking View All Services  …

Pregnancy and Babies

Pregnancy and having a baby is a time when you need lots of support and advice. Getting the right information will help you to give your baby the best start in life. Find everything you need to know about pregnancy and caring for a new…

Working in childcare

Working in childcare can be a hugely rewarding career. Whether you are thinking about what to do after leaving school, are already working with children or looking for a change of career you can now gain a recognised qualification in a way that suits you. There are…

Thinking about becoming a childminder?

As a registered Childminder you will look after one or more children under the age of 8 for more than a total of two hours a day, in your own home, for payment. Childminders may care for a maximum of six children under the age…