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 birth to six months old, to help you get the support you need.
Massage can help with you bond with your new baby and provides other benefits.
Nottinghamshire's Children's Centres offer a range of services for children and families with children under five. Support is available for those who need 1-1 support with their child’s development, environment, health and/or wellbeing.
Any parent to be, or with a child under 5, can use their local children’s centre. Children centres offer:
- Breastfeeding support groups
- Under ones' groups
- Stay and play groups for under 5s
Children’s Centres can also offer one to one and group support with:
- preparing for a baby
- the emotional health of your child
- helping you to play and bond
- children’s behaviour
- your child’s development, including listening and communication
- feeding your child
- increasing confidence of mums, and helping them get back into work
- domestic abuse
Language for Life provides advice for everyone in Nottinghamshire, to help children learn to talk and communicate.
Hungry Little Minds provides some ideas for simple fun activities, for children from new-born to five, to help your child develop.
Booktrust Home Time for 1 year olds and under:
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.
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.
Look Say Sing Play
Right from birth, every time you talk, sing or play with your baby, you're not just bonding, you're building their brain.
NSPCC have teamed up with Vroom™to give you some fun and easy tips to help you bring even more Look, Say, Sing and Play into your daily routine with your baby. For children aged 0-2.
When you sign up, they’ll send you a new tip, tailored to your child's age, each week. Sign up at www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/look-say-sing-play/
BBC Tiny Happy People can help you develop your child’s language and communication skills, so they get the best start in life.
Our ideas and activities are easy to build into your daily routine. They’re quick and inspiring, but they’re also based on expert advice and evidence.
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.
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.
Bookstart aims to give free packs of books to every child in the UK
Day Nurseries and childminders care for children from 6 weeks old.
Day nurseries provide full day care for children aged 0-5 years old. Each nursery will have separate rooms for different age groups, which contain age appropriate toys, and equipment.
Childminders are self-employed childcare professionals working in their own home. Childminders can usually care for a maximum of six children under 8 years old. They are inspected and regulated by Ofsted.
Each Childminder may offer different opening times, and many can be flexible to cater for your needs by sometimes offering childcare in the evening, or even overnight care. Many childminders can offer funded childcare places for 2, 3, and 4-year-old children.
Find out more about childcare choices on Notts Help Yourself website.
New mums receive a new baby check up in the first two weeks after birth from a midwife, and again between 6-8 weeks after birth.
The healthy family team provide support to mum’s with children under 5, offering them support, where needed, with physical and mental health, feeding, behaviour, toilet training, attachment and relationships.
Parents are given a record after the birth of their child, often called ‘the Red Book’. This book has important information about the baby’s health and development and includes advice and people to call for support.
You can contact the healthy family team using the advice line
Family lives, which used to be known as Parentline, offers a confidential helpline, text message and email service for parents in England and Wales with children under 5.
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 preschool children:
Supporting survivors of domestic abuse:
Home-Start is a local community network of trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children through challenging times.
Autism East Midlands
AEM offers support and information for families and individuals, play and leisure services, outreach, and training for parents and carers
Mothers who are 19 or younger and pregnant for the first time are offered visits from a family nurse to provide extra support, including advice on health, the home environment, education, employment, budgeting and child care.
These involve 28 visits during the child’s infancy (between 0-1), and 22 visits when the child is a toddler.