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Things to do at home: 5-7 years

5-7 years

Nottinghamshire is a great place to bring up your family, where children can get the best possible start in life.


The information below shows all the services available for parents and carers with children, from five years old to seven years old, to help you get the support you need.

Activities and support for young children

There are lots of different activities you can try with your child, now they are older, with some funded places available. Extra support is also available, for children who need it, some of which requires a referral.

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Paint Splat

Rocking horse

Christmas tree


Fun Family Activity Ideas

Find a range of suggested activities by theme you can do as a family in the 

Fun Family Activity Ideas to do at Home page

Home Learning Resources

We have out together a range of home learning resources in the 

Home School Learning Resources page

Preparing for school

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Parents need to complete a school entry health needs assessment on behalf of their child, to identify anyone who needs extra support. This also offers advice on lifestyles, to keep your child healthy.

The primary school starting age is between 4-5. Assuming your child is starting in the September after they turn four, you’ll need to apply by January that year. The dates change slightly each year but the deadline for applications is usually early to mid-January.

Apply for a school place

Communicating with your child

Language for Life

Language for Life provides advice for everyone in Nottinghamshire, to help children learn to talk and communicate.

Find out more about Language for Life


Hungry Little Minds 0-6months

Hungry Little Minds provides some ideas for simple fun activities, for children from new-born to five, to help your child develop.

Visit the Hungry Little Minds website


Advice for parents with English as a second language

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Booktrust Home Time for 6 year olds and over:

Looking for something fun as a family? Enjoy storytime with free online books and videos, play games, win prizes, test your knowledge in our book-themed quizzes, or even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters.

Please note: This site sometimes links to third party sites, including YouTube, so children should not use HomeTime unsupervised.

Visit Home Time for 6 year olds and over 


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Words for Life by the National Literacy Trust

Provides parents, children and young people with activities and support to improve their language, literacy and communication skills from home.  With age suitable activities to encourage chat, play, read, watch, listen, write and make.

Visit Words for Life for 5-8 years

family livesTalking to your child about culture

As your child grows up they may have questions about their own heritage, culture or that of their friends. Family Lives has lots of helpful tips and advice on staying culturally connected.

Small Steps: challenging behaviour in children

Small Steps provides support for families with children who may have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), or behaviour indicative of these conditions

Small Steps website

Notts Help Yourself

Notts Help Yourself

Notts Help Yourself is a great place to help you find information about a whole range of organisations and services, including:

  • activities, groups and events in your local community
  • childcare providers
  • support for children and young people aged 0 – 25 with a special educational need and / or a disability
  • health and social care information and support for adults and children
  • workplace health schemes.


Community groups in your area can support your child through play, development and learning. You can take part in local parent and toddler groups, swimming groups, informal parenting groups, and messy play.

Visit Notts Help Yourself

Inspire Libraries

Inspire Children and Families

Our Inspire libraries offer a range of activities for parents and children, including rhyme times, singing, storytelling, reading challenges, and more. Our libraries also offer a wide range of books to delight, inspire and encourage a love of reading and learning in children.


Activities and events run throughout the year to promote reading, and children of any age are welcome. It’s free to join the library and borrow books.

Inspire libraries: children and families


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  • Summer Reading Challenge

The Reading Agency produces a summer reading challenge for children aged 4-11 which is run in libraries all over the county. Children read six library books of their choice over the summer holidays, and can collect special stickers and other rewards. 

More about the summer reading challenge

Mental health, domestic abuse, substance misuse, support and advice

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Happy Maps

Information and advice for parents of all ages from babies to young adults.

If you're worried about your child's behaviour or mental health and not sure what's normal ? Or wondering whether to see your GP?  Or you've been referred to specialist services but there is a long wait ..... or perhaps you've been told the problem isn't quite serious enough to be referred. Then this website can provide you with some support, visit the page for parents of primary school children:

Supporting survivors of domestic abuse:

Nottinghamshire police

Other organisations who offer support and help

Home Start

Home Start

Home-Start is a local community network of trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children through challenging times.

Substance misuse

Alcohol and drugs misuse: help and support

Autism East Midlands

Autism East Midlands

AEM offers support and information for families and individuals, play and leisure services, outreach, and training for parents and carers

Children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

The Local SEND offer brings together useful information across education, health and social care within one website, for children with special educational needs and disability


TailfeatherTV You tube channel for SEN Early Years Children

It has been co-written and is presented by young adults with learning disabilities especially for babies, toddlers and young children.

TailfeatherTV episodes each have a different theme and are presented in an App-Style format.

​Viewers are taken into the 'main screen' to meet 5 lovable characters who represent a different fun area for children to explore:

Dance, Sing, Sign, Learn, and Play....


Co-written and presented by brilliantly talented young adults with learning disabilities including dancer, Andrew Self (The Greatest Dancer 2019, Mencap Boogie-thon 2020, BBC Breakfast 2020, BBC Radio2 Michael Ball Show 2020), TailfeatherTV is UNIQUE and paves the way for inclusion and diversity in broadcasting

The TailfeatherTV team hope to engage, excite and inspire young minds

Click Here for to start watching our episodes 

Tailfeather TV


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