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Are you eligible for free childcare for your 2 year old?

Many children aged two can have 15 hours free early learning a week at a day nursery, playgroup or with a childminder. Early Learning in a childcare setting helps children with their development and to gain confidence, ready for when they start school.  Find out if…

NSPCC online safety for children - parental advice and information

Children and young people spend a lot of time online – it can be a great way for them to socialise, explore and have fun. But children do also face risks like cyberbullying or seeing content that's inappropriate.  The following NSPCC websites and helplines can…

0-3 years: Helping your baby and toddler to be happy

Parents are very important!  You are the centre of your child's life in the early months and years.  Almost everything they learn comes from their relationship with you.  Your love and care gives them security and confidence.  They learn from you about feelings and emotions. …

0-3 years: Helping your child to sleep

Sleep is very important for babies and toddlers.  Their bodies and brains are growing and developing quickly - plenty of rest gives them the energy they need to learn and grow strong.  Too little sleep can make children irritable and difficult and make it hard…

0-3 years: Language and play advice

Children need to play and talk.  They learn and develop by doing things and by exploring the world around them.  Babies and toddlers learn to speak by listening to you so talk to your child as much as you can.  Enjoy playing with your children. …

0-3 years: Keeping children safe and sound

Your most important responsibility as a parent is to keep your child safe and free from harm.  Learn how to prevent accidents, trust your instincts and don't take unnecessary risks with your child's life.  Most important of all, watch your child when they are young,…

0-3 years: Toilet training

When is it the right time for your child to stop using nappies?  How will you teach them to use a potty or toilet? Many parents worry about toilet training and getting children 'dry'.  Children develop at different rates.  Try to be patient, don't rush…

0-3 years: Understanding children's behaviour

Babies and young children behave the way they do so they can get their needs met, not to be 'naughty' or wind you up.  They don't have the words to tell you how they are feeling or what they want, but they tell you with…

11+ years: Bullying and friendship problems

Friends are very important to children.  they thrive when they have supportive friendships and can be lonely and unhappy when things go wrong. There are many reasons why a child may be picked on or be aggressive or unkind to others.  Your children need you…

11+ years: Drugs and alcohol parenting advice

Most parents of teenagers worry about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.  Most young people try alcohol or drugs and learn how to keep themselves safe.  It's been proved that a good relationship with parents is the best protection that young people can have -…