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Family Support and Childcare

Support for your family including childcare, support groups and services, and things to do.

Information and guidance

Applying for a place in the reception class of a school

A place in a school nursery does not guarantee admission to the school and parents must apply for a place at the school if they want their child to transfer to the reception class. Parents/Carers can choose to continue to take up their child's free place at…

Childcare registration

As a parent or guardian you are your child’s most important carer, and it’s what you and your child do together at home that gives them the best start in life. Care from friends, grandparents and other relatives plays a vital role too. However, choosing early…

Family information from our neighbours

Link to the Family Information Services provided by our neighbouring local authorities - Cornwall, Dorset, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay. Cornwall: 0800 5878191Dorset: 01305 221066Plymouth: 03444 111 444 (Advice Plymouth), Early Years - 01752 307450Somerset: 0300 123 2224Torbay:0800 328 5974

Can't find the childcare you need?

If you are having problems finding the childcare you need we may be able to help. We can help, advise, search and sometimes negotiate with childcare providers on your behalf, to help you find the childcare you need. This support is available to parents and carers…

Paying for Childcare

If you are working or training and have children, there may be times when you need to pay for childcare. There are several different places where you can get help to pay for your childcare, depending on your circumstances. Help may be available from: Working…

Choosing Childcare

Finding the right type of childcare to suit you and your child is crucial, especially when there is so much to consider. There will be different options available in every area, so give yourself plenty of time to research them. 

Parent and toddler group

A parent and toddler group provides an opportunity for young children and their parent/carers to meet. All groups offer opportunities for friendship, learning and play.

Child health

Find local and national advice and support services to improve your child's health outcomes.

Children's Centres

A Children's Centre is a safe place where local families with young children can go and enjoy facilities and receive support. The facilities and activities are designed especially for parents expecting a baby, or those with a child under 8 years old.
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