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Family support groups

Find local and national support groups for you and your family.

Information and guidance

Additional needs childcare

Find childcare for children with additional needs.

Adoption and fostering

Find advice, information and support groups about issues associated with fostering and  adoption.

Antenatal and postnatal support

Find advice and support groups to support you during pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.

Applying for a funded place for a 2, 3 or 4 year old

Information about applying for a funded place for a 2, 3 or 4 year old. All children from the term after their 3rd birthday are entitled to 15 hours free early education and childcare each week for up to 38 weeks of the year.  From September…

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…

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…

Child health

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

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…

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.

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. 
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