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Support for parents/carers of toddlers.

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Parent and Toddler GroupsFind support throughout your pregnancy, right through to the birth of your little one.Find out moreParenting ProgrammesParenting programmes are courses/groups that support you with some of the challenges of being a parent. We offer a selection of free courses, whatever the age or needs of your child.Find out more

Your Local Family Hub Services and support for Families. Parent and toddler groups, parenting programmes, support and drop-in sessions.Find out more

Fun resources for their development

Brain Building with Hungry Little Minds

We have created a list of fun and affordable activities and groups suitable for 0 to 5's with a focus on music, the outdoors, language development and storytelling. Follow the link below to see what you can do in Cornwall.

Look, Say, Sing, Play

Right from birth, every time you play with your baby, use silly voices or even sing, you’re not just bonding, you’re building their brain.

Tiny Happy People

Tiny Happy People is here to help you develop your child's communication skills. Explore our simple activities and play ideas and find out about their amazing early development.

Activities for toddlers

Toddlers love to move around. All physical activities – whether it's walking, running, climbing, jumping or dancing – help their muscles, bones and brains develop. Ideally, they need 180 minutes of activity a day. But don't worry, it doesn't have to be all at once – 10 or 20 minutes here and there all counts towards the total. And all sorts of activity counts, whether it's indoors or outdoors. It's just about getting them moving every day.


BookTrust transforms lives by getting children and families reading Each year we reach millions of children across the UK with books, resources and support.

Indoor Activity Ideas

Indoor activity ideas to try at home!

Helpful Advice and Guidance

Keeping your child safe at home

Accidents are the main cause of death among children aged between one and five years old. Every year, about 500,000 children under the age of five go to hospital because of an accident at home.

Language Development

We have produced a number of free resources on child language development for parents and people working with young children. These are made available on this page and can be shared freely. 

Ages and Stages of Language Development

Our guide to the typical stages of speech and language development in babies, children and young people.

Temper tantrums

Temper tantrums usually start at around 18 months and are very common in toddlers. Hitting and biting are common, too.

Aggressive behaviour in toddlers

It’s the scene every parent dreads: the screeches of an upset three-year-old, running to her parent because your child has just bitten her. Hurtful behaviour - snatching toys, scratching, biting, pinching and kicking - is actually very common in young children but knowing how to deal with it can be quite hard. 

Dealing with tantrums

Children have tantrums because they can’t express themselves, so they cry, scream, kick and shout and even bite. It usually happens when they are 2-3 years old but can happen at any age and can feel very stressful for you as a parent. 

How to keep your baby or toddler active

Ways to get your little one moving.

Managing sibling jealousy

Many children experience feelings of jealousy towards their new brother or sister and may convey these feelings through resorting to more ‘babyish’ behaviour, such as having tantrums or refusing to use the potty even though they have been successfully potty-trained for a while.

Setting boundaries for toddlers

When a child is small, we often use boundaries to protect them and keep them away from harm or danger. But it is important that you explain why boundaries are there - for instance if you pull away from an open fire explain why.

Feeding your toddler/pre-school child

Toddlers/pre-school children are growing and developing quickly and it's an important time to make sure they are eating well to get all the energy (calories) and nutrients they need.

Toddler recipes

Simple to prepare, balanced meals that your toddler can easily handle, with flavours they'll love.

Baby and toddler meal ideas

If you need some inspiration to help you cook healthy and tasty food for your kids, try these meal ideas.

How to get your little one to sleep

Top tips for settling little ones, from 0-48 months.

Bath, Book, Bed

Discover Bath, Book, Bed: simple steps to a better night's sleep. We understand how exhausting bedtime battles can be. That's why we've devised the Bath, Book, Bed routine: a simple solution to sleepless nights.

Baby and toddler play ideas

Ideas to help your child play and learn.

Reading with your child

Sharing a book with a child is fun! It's a time for closeness, laughing and talking together – and it can also give children a flying start in life and help them become lifelong readers.

Get parenting support

Find parenting advice and support in a way that works for you - online or in-person.

Financial Support

Universal Credit

Universal Credit can be paid to top-up income from work or other benefits or if you have no other income. You do not need to work a certain number of hours to claim Universal Credit but you are expected to work or look for work as many hours as you are able to.

Child Benefits

You get Child Benefit if you’re responsible for bringing up a child who is under 16 or under 20 if they stay in approved education or training.

Healthy Start Vouchers

You could get free vouchers every week to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins. You qualify for Healthy Start Vouchers if you’re at least 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under four years old and you or your family are on qualifying benefits.

15 Hours of Funded Childcare for Two-Year-Olds

From the term, after your child turns 2 you may be eligible for 15 hours of funded childcare. Follow the link above to see how to apply, or call The Family Information Service on 0800 587 8191 to find out more.

15 Hours of Funded Childcare for Three & Four-Year-Olds

All children are eligible for 15 hours of funded childcare from the term after they turn three! You don't need to do anything to claim this, just let your Ofsted registered childcare provider know that you want to use these hours.

30 Hours of Funded Childcare for Three & Four-Year-Olds

Some 3 to 4-year-olds are eligible for 30 hours of free childcare a week, providing that you work a minimum number of hours each week. This link also includes information on the entitlement for foster parents/carers.

Tax-Free Childcare

You can get up to £500 every 3 months (up to £2,000 a year) for each of your children to help with the costs of childcare. This goes up to £1,000 every 3 months if a child is disabled (up to £4,000 a year).

Council Tax Support

Council tax support helps people who have no income or a low income to pay their council tax.

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Support for Disabilities

Support for parents with toddlers who have disabilities: 

Parents Carers Cornwall

Are you a parent/carer of a child with additional needs or disabilities? Do you attend meetings with schools, health services and organisations? Do you lack confidence in attending these on your own and wish you had someone who could go with you? Parents 4 Parents…07591 019548

Friends of Face2Face Cornwall Oasis Group

Are you the parent/carer of a child 0-25 with a disability or additional need? If so, please join us for a friendly chat with trained parent befrienders who can offer support and signpost. Also, meet with other parents/carers in a similar situation over a cuppa!

SEND Local Offer

Cornwall’s SEND Local Offer helps families by gathering in one place, the information that they need to know in order to make informed choices about the support they receive.

Cornwall's Max Card Scheme

The Max Card is the UK’s leading discount card for families of children with additional needs. Families can use their Max Card at venues across the UK to get free or discounted admission. 

Support for parents who have disabilities:

The Special Parenting Service

The Special Parenting Service (SPS) supports parents with a learning disability or difficulty. Our team helps parents by providing specialist assessments and interventions to help them achieve their parenting potential and improve outcomes for their children. The service also provides specialist consultation to health and…01209 318358

Easy read information for parents with learning difficulties


Useful Apps

Handi app

The HANDi Paediatric app gives up to date advice about common childhood illnesses and how to treat them. It’s now available to download for free onto any Apple or Android smartphone or tablet. The app contains information about when and how to ask for help, along with what to expect when your child is being assessed.


Is an essential guide for new dads. Take a look at the website, or you can download the appl for Apple or Android devices.

Useful Videos

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