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All services and support for children in their early years. Parent and toddler groups, parenting programmes and advice for development.

Check out this brilliant video by NHS Speech and Language Therapist Kirsty Murrel: Feed Your Little One with Words

Quick Links:

Parent & Toddler Group Incredible Years Parenting Programme

Free Stories for Bedtime Indoor Activity Ideas

Family Hubs (formerly Children's Centres)

Family Hubs are a great place for families with children aged under 5 to go and take part in activities, health services, training opportunities and to seek support with many aspects of family life. Many of the activities and sessions are free and all centres offer a friendly and informal atmosphere.

Fun resources for their development, to try at home:

Brain Building with Hungry Little Minds

Look, Say, Sing, Play! NSPCC

Tiny Happy People BBC

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 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.


Keeping your child safe at home | NHS

Language development | luCID
Ages and stages of language development | Talking Point

Temper tantrums  | NHS
Aggressive behaviour in toddlers | Family Lives
Understanding and dealing with tantrums | Family Lives

Introducing your toddler to a new baby | NHS
New baby coming? 3 tips to help your toddler adapt | Action for Children
Challenging behaviour when a new baby arrives | Family Lives
Setting boundaries for young children | Family Lives

Feeding your toddler/pre-school child | British Nutrition Foundation
Toddler recipes | BBC Good Food
Baby and toddler meal ideas | NHS

How to get your toddler to sleep| BookTrust
Bath, Book, Bed (PDF) | BookTrust
Sleep top tips | Tired Out

Baby and toddler play ideas | NHS
How to read with your child | BookTrust
Things to do with your child | Action for Children

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