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0-4 Years


Activities and Groups

Baby and toddler groups

There's lots of activities and groups available for you and your child to enjoy. Sometimes it's just knowing where to find them so that's why we've put them all in one place for you. 

Visit our Things to do in the Community section to find details of baby groups, parent and toddler groups, play/activity sessions, soft play and more

Play at Home

It's great to get out and about, but there are lots of simple, fun activities to try at home, which don't cost very much money.  Please always supervise your child when playing, after all you are their favourite "thing" to play with! 

Click here to see our handy leaflet: Play at Home

Websites and Apps

There are also some great websites with lots of creative activity ideas.  Here are a few that we love:

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Hungry Little Minds

For more play ideas

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For lots of fun, active play ideas with your little one


Easypeasy is a great free resource for parents and early years practitioners, giving lots of simple, fun play ideas to help little ones learn as they play. To sign up please click the logo
Tiny Happy People 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.

Baby Massage

Touch & massage can really help you to bond with your baby while engaging their senses and encouraging their happy, healthy development.

Regularly massaging your baby is a way to give them much more, more bonding time, more sensory stimulation, more healthy development.

Research reveals that routine touch and massage by a parent or loving caregiver are critical to a baby’s growth, communication and learning.

The benefits of regular massage may include:

  • Help you and your baby understand each other better
  • Soothes babies and reduces crying
  • Aids digestion and helps relieve colic, wind and constipation
  • Helps babies to sleep more deeply and for longer
  • Relieves nasal congestion and teething discomfort
  • Helps develop good muscle tone, co-ordination and suppleness
  • Enhances body awareness
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Improves skin texture
  • Helps calm and relax both parent and baby
  • Boosts parents’ confidence in handling their baby

For further information, tips and techniques go to:



Breastfeeding improves the health of both baby and mum, but it’s not always easy. If you choose to breastfeed, a range of local support is available from your midwife, Healthy Family Team and via BABES breastfeeding groups. 

Before your baby is born, The Healthy Families Team will support you in a small group or one-to-one discussions. After your baby is born, they can visit you at home or see you at a breastfeeding group or community venue.

They will answer your questions, resolve difficulties you may be experiencing or just talk about how your baby's needs will change. There are also two Infant Feeding Advisors who can support those who require additional advice or support. Referral to this service is through your health professional (GP, Healthy Family Team or Midwife) or children’s centre. 

Mansfield, and Ashfield, and Newark and Sherwood, Bassetlaw breastfeeding support

Nottingham North East, Nottingham West, Rushcliffe and UHN breastfeeding support

BABES Groups

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Baby and Breastfeeding Encouragement & Support groups (known as BABES groups) are run in Children's Centres and offer a welcoming atmosphere for all mums who breastfeed (or mums-to-be), offering tips and practical ways of helping mums to enjoy their breastfeeding experience and to help you with any concerns. You can find a list of the BABES Groups

Listen to Emily, on of the Children’s Centre Service Breastfeeding Peer Support Volunteers, talking about how she supports mums with their breastfeeding journey.

Here’s Sarah, talking about the BABES Groups and why she’s a Peer Supporter:

Here’s Lauren and Chantelle, talking about their experiences as a newly trained volunteers:


Social Media Support Groups

It’s good to link up with other breastfeeding mums for advice and support and in Nottinghamshire we’re fortunate to have several great Facebook pages:

Countywide:  Notts Happy Baby Corner | Facebook         Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Maternity Voices Partnership | Facebook

For Bassetlaw Mums:  Bassetlaw BABES group | Facebook

For Rushcliffe Mums:  Rushcliffe B.A.B.E.S. Breastfeeding Support | Facebook

Breastfeeding and Infant Feeding Guides

Once you get to 28 weeks, you and your partner could attend one of the Children’s Centre Service’s Antenatal BABES sessions, these are usually on line so easy for you to attend wherever you live/work.

Over 4 x 1 hour sessions, you’ll learn about normal newborn behaviour, feeding cues, positioning and attachment, skin to skin, hand expression, caring for your baby at night and safe sleeping.

For more information on Antenatal BABES Groups, please contact your local Children’s Centre Service team.  Details at:

Find your nearest Children's Centre Service team | Nottinghamshire County Council

This Antenatal Handbook guide gives you more information on breastfeeding:  

Antenatal Handbook 2020








This Family Guide leaflet is available at Children’s Centres and gives you information about local support:

A family guide to breastfeeding








The First 10 Days of Breast Feeding

A helpful guide on what to expect when you first begin breast feeding.

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Additonal information and support on breastfeeding

The First Steps Nutrition Trust has produced some useful advice for new mums , including those who are breastfeeding, available here:

Why don’t you take a look at the Notts Happy Baby Corner Facebook Page for lots of great tips and support on breastfeeding and for mums who live in Bassetlaw, there is the Bassetlaw BABES Facebook page

Off to the best start

A guide to help you start breastfeeding produced by NHS-Start4Life

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Unicef - A video on maximising breastmilk 

National Breastfeeding Helpline

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers

National Childbirth Trust (NCT)

Foreign Language Resources

Unicef have created infosheets available in multiple languages with the basics of feeding and responding to your baby. With straightforward language and simple illustrations to aid understanding.

Unicef Foreign Language Resources

Nottinghamshire Support for Ukraine Welcome Pack

Notts Breastfeeding Friendly in the Community Places:

There are a range of local venues who have signed up to being Breastfeeding Friendly places. Please click on your local area:






Newark & Sherwood


For more information visit the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Breastfeesing Useful Information pages

























Local Maternity Services

Most mums-to-be in Nottinghamshire are cared for by Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals Foundation Trust (Worksop), Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation Trust Foundation Trust (Sutton-in-Ashfield and Newark) and Nottingham University Hospitals Foundation Trust (City and QMC). 

Information on breastfeeding from the midwifery services can be found at:

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (


Sherwood Forest Hospitals (


Your Pregnancy and Birth | NUH

How dads, partners and family members can support breastfeeding mums:

Let’s be honest, having a new baby can be hard and breastfeeding is not always easy, but support from close family members can make a real difference to how long a mum continues to feed her baby.  Little things such as giving mum a massage, getting her a drink or letting her have an extra hour in bed, while you entertain the children are all great. Click on the graphic below to open the infographic How can Dad Support with a Breastfed Baby.

How can dads support with a breastfed baby?

For more information visit these websites:

Fathers Day- How can dads support breastfeeding? | Breastfeeding Together

How can dads and partners support breastfeeding? | NCT

Breastfeeding for dads – The guide for truly hands-on fathers




Returning to Work

Take a look at Katie, one of the Children’s Centre Service’s trained breastfeeding peer support volunteers talking about her experience of returning to work and continuing to breastfeed her baby.

Caring for your new baby


We’ve put together lots of useful information for you on the links below, but for general information the following websites are useful. 

Health for Under 5s A website for healthy happy early years with support from trusted NHS professionals, covering all topics from pregnancy right through to pre-school. It offers details on support, advice, events and services in Nottinghamshire.

Visit the baby pages: Health for Under 5s for information on practicalities, feeding & nutrition, health, and learning & play

Healthier Together provides pregnant women, babies, children and young people across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw with consistent and high-quality advice from local health professionals

Visit: Healthier Together

NHS Baby Guide includes all you need to know about trying for a baby, pregnancy, labour and birth

Visit: NHS baby guide

 Start for Life Trusted NHS help and advice during pregnancy, birth and parenthood

Visit the baby pages: NHS Start 4 Life

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The National Childbirth Trust have a range of information and support for you during your pregnany

Visit the baby and toddler pages:

Your midwife and obstetrician continue to care for you after your baby is born for between 2 and 6 weeks.

Healthy Families Team

Care after your baby is born from your Healthy Family Team. All families receive:

  • New baby review, usually when your baby is 10-14 days
  • Review when your baby is 6-8 weeks old
  • Developmental review at 1 year
  • Developmental review at 2 to 2.5 years

Download the Welcome to Your Child's First Two Years booklet - a guide to your baby’s first 1001 days, conception to two years. This booklet shows you the things to expect in the first two years of your baby's life









The Healthy Family Team will offer you additional care and support if you or your baby need it. You can also access advice and support by booking an appointment at a Healthy Family session or phoning the advice line.

The Healthy Family Teams are based at local health centres and in some local children’s centres. There is a single telephone advice number, click on the Healthy Family Teams contact details card for more.

Find and contact your local Healthy Families Team

You will be given a hand-held record after your birth, often called the Red Book. This has important information about your baby’s health and development and includes information, hints and tips.

If you breastfeed support is available from your Healthy Family Team. You can find more information here.

Nottinghamshire PHEW Groups

In the Children’s Centre Service we know that being a new parent is a wonderful but sometimes difficult time.  Our PHEW groups – which stands for Parents Health and Emotional Wellbeing - are designed to help with this. 

Children’s Centres across Nottinghamshire run these groups and you can refer yourself to them.

For more information, take a look at the PHEW Group leaflet

Baby and Us

A series of short videos from The Centre for Parent and Child Support NHS to help you feel cam, confident and connected with your new baby

1. Giving birth - your experiences 2. Great ideas for capturing your baby's magical moments, plus songs to sing with them! 3. Perfect Parent
4. Looking After Ourselves 5. Feelings 6. Managing stress as a new parent
7. Routines and Feeding 8. Routines and Sleep 9. Personality
10. Understanding Babies' Moods & Crying 11. Connecting with your Baby - Part 1 12. Connecting with your Baby - Part 2

Baby Buddy AppBaby Buddy App

Baby Buddy from Best Beginnings is a free NHS-approved pregnancy and parenting app that works as a virtual friend to guide you through your pregnancy and the early stages of your baby’s life up to their 1st birthday

Baby Buddy 2.0 has been updated to include more content, including daily info for dads, information about local maternity services, personal care and support plans, and digital child health records

For more information about the app open the Baby Buddy information leaflet








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Baby Check AppBaby Check App from The Lullaby Trust

The Baby Check app helps you to check if your baby is really ill.  It is simple to use; answer some questions about your baby's signs and symptoms of illness. Each question tests for a different symptom and when completed, a score is calculated that tells you how ill your baby is. The app then lets you know whether your baby needs to see a doctor or health professional.


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Using real nappies. Real Nappies

Have you ever thought about using real nappies instead of disposable ones? Currently in the UK about eight million disposable nappies are thrown away each day, which accounts for about three percent of our household waste. Using real nappies can dramatically reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill and minimise our impact on the environment.

To find out more go to: Real Nappies | Veolia Nottinghamshire

Find answers to some frequently asked questions on using real nappies go to: Frequently Asked Questions | Veolia Nottinghamshire


After School Club

After school clubs provide a safe and fun environment for your child when school closes at the end of the day. Most afterschool clubs are open until 6:00pm. The clubs are often run by schools, but can also be run by external organisations on, or away from the school premises.

Breakfast Club

Breakfast clubs give children the opportunity to eat a healthy breakfast in a safe and fun environment before their first class. Attendance of a breakfast club is not mandatory. The clubs are often run by schools, but can also be run by external organisations on, or away from the school premises.  


Childminders are self-employed childcare professionals working in their own home. Childminders can usually care for a maximum of six children under the age of 8 years, and are inspected and regulated by Ofsted or a registered Childminder Agency. Each Childminder may offer different opening times and many can be flexible to cater for your requirements by sometimes offering childcare into the evening or even overnight care. Many childminders can offer free childcare places for 2, 3, and 4 year olds.


A crèche is a facility that provides occasional care for children under eight for no more than two hours per day. Crèche’s are sometimes located in order to support parents accessing training, or learning in their community.

Day Nursery

Day nurseries provide full day care for children aged 0-5 years. Each nursery will have separate rooms for the different age groups of children, which will contain age appropriate toys, and equipment. Day nurseries are registered and inspected by Ofsted. Day nurseries offer free childcare places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds.

Holiday Care

Holiday clubs cater for school age children during the school holidays and provide a safe, stimulating and fun environment for your child to be. Some  holiday clubs are school run within the school site, or run by external organisations either on, or away from the school premises. Many Childminders also offer care to school age children during school holidays.

Pre-School Playgroup

Pre-school playgroups offer free sessional childcare for 2 to 5 years and will prepare your child for starting school. Pre-school playgroups are inspected and regulated by Ofsted.


If you would like to speak to an advisor for further information about the different types of childcare available please telephone our helpline on 0300 500 80 80


Help with Paying for Childcare

There are various benefits and schemes designed to help families meet the challenge of childcare costs. Find out more here.

Free childcare for 2 year olds

At 2 years, 15 hours per week of funded early years place is available for eligible children:


Your two-year-old child may qualify for a free early years place if:

  • your home address is in Nottinghamshire, and 
  • they are classed as a "looked after child" (a "looked after child" is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services function. The term "looked after child" would include a child who was previously "looked after" but, immediately thereafter, became subject to an adoption, resident or special guardianship order) 
  • have left care through special guardianship or an adoption or residence order.

OR you receive one of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit - if you and your partner are on a low income from work (this usually means a combined income of less than £15,400 a year after tax)
  • Working/ Child tax-credits and you have an annual income of under £16,190 before tax
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act
  • The Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)


  • your child has an Education Health and Care plan.

If they are two between:

  • 1 September and 31 December – Apply between October and December, eligible from January (spring term)
  • 1 January and 31 March – Apply between January and March eligible from April (summer term)
  • 1 April and 31 August – Apply between mid-May and August eligible from September (autumn term)

Please note: our system will only allow parents or Customer Service Centre to submit applications up to 16 weeks before the term in which the child would be entitled to start their free place (see dates in previous paragraph). If it is more than 16 weeks before the term start date then you will not be able to proceed with your application. Please apply at a later date in this instance.

Places are available in Ofsted-rated Good or Outstanding providers on the Nottinghamshire directory for up to 15 hours per week for 38 weeks per year (term time only). 

Apply Online or telephone 0300 500 8080

Free childcare for 3 & 4 year olds (15 hours)

All 3 & 4 year-olds are entitled to 15 hours of free nursery education for 38 weeks of the year.

This applies until they reach compulsory school age (the term following their fifth birthday).

Free early education places are available at a range of early years settings including nursery schools and classes, day nurseries, pre-school playgroups and childminders.

The free early years entitlement can be taken flexibly within the following limits:

  • the full 15 hours have to be taken over at least two days per week and a maximum of five days per week
  • a minimum of 2.5 hours can be taken in one day
  • a maximum of 10 hours can be taken in one day.

You can take the free entitlement at up to two providers.

The basic offering is three hours over five days a week, or five hours over three days a week, but many providers will allow you to take the provision flexibly, in a pattern that meets your needs. For example, your child could have nine hours at a nursery or reception class and six hours with a playgroup, day nursery, childminder or independent school over the course of two days or more.

What is my child entitled to?

All 3 & 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free early learning and care, over 38 weeks of the year.

  • children who are three in January, February or March can have their free place from the start of the summer term
  • children who are three in April, May, June, July or August can have their free place from the start of the autumn term.
  • children who are three in September, October, November or December can have their free place from the start of the spring term.

You can find details of Nottinghamshire term dates on our schools page.

Additional charges 

The Provider may make a reasonable charge for meals provided to children during the day where the parent has consented to this in advance or been given the option to provide a packed lunch.

Free lunches discontinued

As of the 1 April 2017 free school meals for Early Years children will no longer be available. This is due to changes in funding.

Although this funding is no longer available for Early Years children we would still encourage you to register your child/children either:

  • on the Citizens Portal
  • by contacting the School Admissions and Free School Meals team on 0300 500 80 80.

This is for the purpose of Pupil Premium and future free school meal applications when your child is at an eligible age (this is dependant on eligible benefits).

Funded childcare for 3 & 4 year olds (30 hours)

All parents and carers who have children aged 3 & 4 are currently entitled to 15 hours a week funded childcare. For working parents, this has been doubled to 30 hours a week.

To be eligible for the increased free hours, you must:

  • earn at least £120 a week
  • each parent must not earn £100,000 or more a year

People could still be eligible if they or their partner is on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, are unable to work if they have a disability or caring responsibilities. Single parents can also apply. 

Successful applicants will then receive a code which they then take to their chosen childcare provider as soon as possible. 

Free childcare places are available at a range of early years settings including nursery schools, day nurseries, pre-schools and childminders. 

Not eligible?

If you don't meet the criteria for extended free childcare, all 3 & 4 year olds are still entitled to 15 hours of free education at a range of childcare providers for 38 weeks of the year.

Parents cannot claim their 30 hours if their child is in a full-time reception place or has reached compulsory school age.

Parents/Carers will be able to check their eligibility online and will be required to re-check their eligibility every 3 months. Should Parents/Carers be found to be ineligible upon re-checking, the funding for the additional hours will continue for a grace period of at least half a term

Date of ineligible decision Grace Period end date
1st Jan-10th Feb 31st March
11th Feb - 31st March 31st August
1st Apr - 26th May 31st August
27th May - 31st Aug 31st December
1st Sep - 21st Oct 31st December
22nd Oct - 31st Dec 31st March

Can I use any childcare setting that I like?

If you are entitled to the free entitlement you will be allowed to use any childcare setting – the only requirements are that the provider is Ofsted registered and approved to offer Free Early Education (FEE) places, and that they have space to take your child.

Can I split the 1140 hours over more than one setting?

Yes, parents are allowed to split the free childcare across providers. Providers can only refuse this if they have a legitimate business case for why they cannot allow split hours.

Can I use my free childcare across the whole year?

Yes, the extended childcare offer has been introduced to support parents to have better access to more flexible childcare whilst at work and to enable you to increase the number of hours worked. This means you can use your childcare to cover school holidays if needed. If you use your childcare in term time only (38 weeks per year) you will be entitled to 30 hours free childcare per week. If you use it over the whole year (52 weeks), you will be entitled to approximately 22 hours per week.

My child has special needs – will they receive sufficient care in the additional funded hours?

Every family should have access to good quality childcare that meets their needs. The Government are introducing a Disability Access Fund (DAF), this is a one off annual payment to the childcare setting (if a child takes their funding at more than one setting it will be the parent/carers choice as to which setting receives the additional funding).

How do I apply for the additional hours childcare?

You can apply from when your child is 2 years and 36 weeks old.  You should apply during the term that your child turns 3 for funding to begin at the start of the following term.


Child turns 3

Best time to apply

 Term starts

 1st January – 31st March

 15th January – 28th February 


 1st April – 31st August

 15th June – 31st July 


 1st Sep – 31st Decemeber 

 15th October – 30th November 


You can apply outside of these dates but you may not get your code in time for the start of the next term.

Applications can be made at;

Watch this short video guide on applying for tax-free and 30 hours childcare funding

Upon successful application parent/carers will receive an eligibility code to give to their chosen childcare provider. Parents may receive eligibility codes before their child is three but they can only start claiming their 30 hours place the term following the child’s third birthday or the term following the date the eligibility code was issued (whichever is the later).

Date of 3rd birthday Date eligibility code issued Funding available from
17th July 1st August 1st September
17th July 12th September 1st January

If a child is taking up their universal 15 hours entitlement and a parent becomes eligible for 30 hours part-way through the term, the parent can start claiming their additional hours from the start of the term following the date on which they received their code.

For further information and support please contact us on 0300 500 8080


Children's Centre Services

Children's Centre Services

A Children’s Centre is a place, or group of places, where local families with young children can go and enjoy facilities and receive support that they need. Sometimes support may be offered in the home.

The facilities and activities are designed especially for parents expecting a baby, or those with a child under 5 years old.

Their staff are fully trained to deal with individual needs a child might have, and work with many partners to ensure they can support families in whatever area they need.

For more information about services and to find your nearest Children’s Centre Service team visit the Children's Centre Services website

You can find the latest timetables and view details about each of the Children's Centres on the Notts Help Yourself Children's Centre Services Page

Your Child's Development

Supporting your child's development

Everything that happens to a child within the first few years of life shapes their future success. Early experiences influence how well children do at school, their life-long health and wellbeing, and their achievements later in life.

Monitoring your child’s progress, providing a good learning environment at home, and going to high quality early years childcare settings are key to ensuring your child has good development.

You can support your child’s development by:

Health for Under 5s A website for healthy happy early years with support from trusted NHS professionals, covering all topics from pregnancy right through to pre-school. It offers details on support, advice, events and services in Nottinghamshire.

Visit: Health for Under 5s

Healthier Together provides pregnant women, babies, children and young people across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw with consistent and high-quality advice from local health professionals

National Childbirth Trust logo

The National Childbirth Trust have a range of information and support for you and your baby as they grow




Easypeasy is a great free resource for parents and early years practitioners, giving lots of simple, fun play ideas to help little ones learn as they play.  To sign up go to the website


Look, say, sing, play

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.


Early Years Settings

Enjoying some time in an early years setting can benefit all children. Children aged 2, 3 and 4 who spend time in an early years setting will have opportunities to:

  • Make friends, to share and take turns
  • Communicate with others and listen to them
  • Be independent and become aware of other’s needs

The impact of these experiences is long lasting. They give children confidence and help to prepare them for school and beyond. Visit the childcare pages on Notts Help Yourself to find a childcare provider near you

Child development, early learning and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time.   Children learn and develop through playing, exploring, being active, creative and being asked questions to help their thinking

These booklets, from the charity 4Children, have been written to help parents know what to expect during these important years by focusing on the seven areas of learning and development which are covered in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)  which is followed by all early years childcare providers including schools.

What to Expect, When?

Parent's Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework

Birth to 5 Matter parents leaflet coverBirth to 5 Matters provides guidance to early years professionals on how to support children's progress towards all the statutory EYFS Early Learning goals. This leaflet explains what this means for you as parents and your child, and what to expect from your early years provider.





Health and development reviews:

You will receive a 12 month review from the Healthy Families Team

You will receive a 2 to 2.5 year review from the Healthy Families Team including an assessment of your child’s social, emotional, behavioural and language development. If your child is in an early years setting they will also have a 2 year progress check.

Download the Welcome to Your Child's First Two Years booklet - a guide to your baby’s first 1001 days, conception to two years. This booklet shows you the things to expect in the first two years of your baby's life


If your child needs extra support with any area of learning your Healthy Family practitioner and your early years childcare provider will work together with you to agree appropriate support. This is known as an integrated review. 

Your Healthy Families team can offer support around health, wellbeing and development including sleep, toilet training, feeding and healthy eating, language development  and much more.

Developing Life Skills

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BookTrust, the UK's largest children's reading charity, has put together a booklist for parents/carers to enjoy with their small children about starting school and the skills they will need, such as going to the toilet, brushing their teeth, putting on their shoes.

These books are brilliant for helping toddler and pre-schoolers (ages 2-4) develop everyday life skills.  For more information take a look at

Supporting you to raise anti-racist children

As parents and carers, we all want to raise our children to be good human beings and part of that is finding a way to navigate difficult—even painful—topics with our children. They need to hear from us, both out loud and by example, what we know to be right—and what we know to be wrong. 

The Black Lives Matter movement has raised the profile of how we all need to play a part in being part of the change to create a more equal world.

Laura Henry-Allain, author of 'Jo-Jo and Gran-Gran', supported by Matel, has written this booklet to give parents simple advice on how to have conversations with their children about being anti-racist.

To read more click here:   Supporting_you_to_raise_antiracist_children3.pdf ( or on the image

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Your Child's Behaviour

Most children have times when their behaviour can be less than “perfect” – this is a normal part of growing up, but for mums, dads and carers, it can cause challenges, especially when their child’s “tantrum” takes please in a busy supermarket, with on-lookers watching. 

Don’t worry, we’ve all been there and although children don’t come with a “User Manual” there are some tried and tested tips that can help you manage your child’s behaviour and how you react to them.

The most important thing is to stay calm, count to ten, have realistic expectations so you don’t put pressure on your child and yourself and praise the behaviour you want more of.  This leaflet gives more information.

Your local Children’s Centre Service can offer lots of support and advice, including one to one family support within your own home and groups such as Incredible Years, EPEC Being a Parent and Solihull Approach.

Find details of your nearest Children’s Centre here

Health for Under 5s A website for healthy happy early years with support from trusted NHS professionals, has a range of articles on children's behaviour

Visit: Health for Under 5s Toddler 1-3 Years and Health for Under 5s Pre-school 3-5 Years

The Healthy Families Team (who used to be called Health Visitors) can also help.  






Being a Parent Programme

A series of short videos from The Centre for Parent and Child Support NHS with strategies to help make family life less stressful

1. Are you the perfect parent? 2. Looking after yourself IS looking after your children! 3. Understanding our children. Parenting strategies that help reduce tantrums and raise happy children
4. Communicating with your child in a way that helps them LISTEN better and TALK more 5. It's PLAYTIME! How to play with your child to help their development. 6. This is not regular play, this is CHILD-LED PLAY - play to help child development
7. Labels stick - how to talk with your child to increase their self-esteem and confidence 8. Tips to change your child's behaviour that actually work! 9. Your child's behaviour is a way for them to communicate with you. Learn what their behaviour means
10. Discipline your child in a way that will change their behaviour but protect their mental health 11. Your Discipline Toolbox - Part 2. How to maintain consistent boundaries and say "no".
12. Your Discipline Toolbox - Part 3. How to make your household rules stick
13. Listening part 1 - Communication 14. Listening part 2 - Getting children to open up 15. Listening part 3 - Reflective listening

Covid-19 Coronavirus

What is Covid 19?

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a type of virus called coronavirus.

For the latest information on symptoms, testing, vaccinations, self-isolation, people at higher risk, how to avoid catching and spreading the virus, long-term effects and more you can find the latest information on the NHS website

For more information about Covid-19 and the response in Nottinghamshire visit the County Council Coronavirus (COVID-19) pages

If you need support because you are staying at home due to Covid-19 , e.g. you may need help with getting food or medicines then you can request help from Nottinghamshire County Council's Coronavirus Community Support Hub.  Alternatively, you can call the Customer Service Centre on 0300 500 8080 between 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Talking to children about Coronavirus

The Health for Kids website has been updated with information about the coronavirus.  These webpages provide children with age-appropriate information to explain the coronavirus and the things they can do to help stop the spread of the virus and look after themselves physically and emotionally during this unsettling time.

Health for Kids What is Coronavirus?


Coronavirus: A book for children newly written by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson & Nia Roberts and aimed at children can be downloaded here




Children's Guide to Coronavirus produced by the Children's Commisioner can be downloaded by clicking the image or following the link below

  • Answers children's questions about coronavirus
  • Tells children how to stay safe and protect other people
  • Helps children make the best of their time at home

Download the guide here

e-Bug has education resources for classroom and home.  See their Coronavirus information page at


Covibook – is a short book to support and reassure children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation. This does not seek to be a source of scientific information, but rather a tool based on fantasy. Designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic.  Can be printed so children can draw on it. Remember that emotions are processed through repetitive play and stories read multiple times 

Place2Be – have a guide to helping parents answer questions from their children about Coronavieus and to support family wellbeing:Coronavirus: Helpful information to answer questions from children and more information to support families can be found at Coronavirus: updates, advice and support

Videos to help teach children about Coronavirus and the importance of handwashing


A few sources of information for Dads to introduce you to the world of parenting.


Dad Pad Logo

DadPad is the essential guide for new dads, developed with the NHS by dads.  It gives top tips on how dads can support their partners to breastfeed, how to hold a new baby, what to do when your baby won’t stop crying and loads more.   For more information Visit

For a little taster of what’s on offer click on the leaflet:

DadPad Preview Leaflet







 Download the DadPad App for free from the App Store or Google Play

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Small Steps Big Changes New Fathers Information Pack

For Nottingham City  dads – and this may include some county dads whose babies are born at NUH –you may be given the Dads Info from Small Steps Big Changes.

Small Steps Big Changes only covers the city, but our friends there have said we can share it countywide.

It can be downloaded from the website:

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Dad Life from BBC Tiny Happy People

From pregnancy, the birth, supporting your partner, becoming a Dad, worries, top tips and Dad hacks.  Here are a range of helpful videos to guide you.


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The Lullaby Trust have created a separate Dads Zone on their website to give new Dads all the information you need to know to help protect your child from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Its packed with safer sleep advice, from where your baby should sleep to what you need to buy.



Fatherhood Institute logo

Fatherhood Institute is the UK's Fatherhood Think-and-do Tank. Visit

Becoming dad a guide cover PRINTBecoming Dad, is a guide for expectant and new fathers, developed by the Fatherhood Institute in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation, to help men make sense of what’s happening to them; look after themselves and the others around them; and do the best possible job of becoming a confident father.  A summary of what the guide covers:

Chapter 1 The science of ‘becoming Dad’
What can science tell us about what children need from fathers, and how fatherhood changes us as men?

Chapter 2 Looking after yourself
This chapter is all about opening up to your inner self, being honest about your feelings around fatherhood, and finding ways to stay calm and focused on the things that matter during what can be an exciting and stressful time.

Chapter 3 Supporting mum
Whatever the nature of your relationship with this woman – romantic or otherwise – she will be the mother of your child, and she’s going through some serious stuff right now.

Chapter 4 Looking after your relationship
In this chapter we focus on what the key challenges are, and offer practical tips on how to maintain or even improve your relationship. We also look at what you can do if it’s all going wrong.

Chapter 5 Getting to know your baby
Men can find it hard to ‘engage’ with the baby in the womb, and even once it is born. Here we look at simple ways to connect with your infant, build a strong bond and enjoy your time together.

Chapter 6 Juggling work and home
Family, friends, wider society – and we ourselves – can put a lot of pressure on dads to be ‘the provider’. Practical tips for making the most of the time you have with your baby, and for creating a work/life balance that allows you to be an involved father.

Chapter 7 What to do if you’re struggling
Early fatherhood can be tiring and stressful. Most dads muddle through it, but some find it really difficult to cope. This chapter is all about how to spot problems before they get too serious, and where to go to for help.


Dads United logo

Dads United has forums for discussion and help and support topics for new fathers.  Visit



Dads Matter UK logo

Dads Matter UK provides support for Dads worried about or suffering from Depression, Anxiety and PTSD. Visit




DAD INFO is europe's largest advice and support website for father.

Established in 2008 by Fegans, a UK Christian Charity (209920) that has championed childhood and mental health since 1870, it’s a men’s lifestyle channel that celebrates the changing role of Dads with engaging, helpful, practical, entertaining resources and content for every stage of their journey.

It is home to the largest connected community of active, involved Dads through its interactive forum, providing great peer to peer support and advice for what can be one of the most challenging and rewarding life experiences.

Family Man 

Movember is the leading charity dedicated to changing the face of men’s health around the world.

Family Man supports men to actively get involved in parenting programmes. Giving them the right tools in tough times, to help men live healthier and happier lives. Raising a family is a team sport, so partners and caregivers are encouraged to join in and explore the challenges together. To find out more click here:  

New Pathways for Young Fathers: Young Father's Voices

This illustrated booklet is aimed and professionals who work with and support young fathers, but the experiences shared by the young fathers in the booklet are aimed at other young fathers.  The booklet gives insight into the employment. education and training aspirations of young fathers and how this can impact on their health and well-being.  Click on the cover to read the full booklet.

Family Support

Here you can find some useful sources of support:

Money Advice

Lots of families may need advice on money due to the Covid-19 lockdown. 

For free, impartial guidance, take a look at the Money Advice Service’s website

You can use their Money Navigator tool for instant feedback with actions you can take.

Keeping Warm During Winter

If you have a young baby at home it is important that your home is kept at a safe temperature. The NHS say that between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius is best.

If you are concerned about keeping your home warm and you are pregnant or have a baby then our friends at National Energy Action may be able to help, as part of their Warm Welcome initiative.

Please contact the WASH (Warm and Safe Homes) helpline on 0800 304 7159 or go to for more information


This service offers free support and guidance on all aspects of family life to parents and carers across England and Wales. Helpline, Befriending and Counselling support are available via telephone, email and text message. The service is free and available 6pm - 10pm on weekdays and 10am - 1pm on weekends.

Call: 0808 802 6666
Text: 07537 404 282

Other useful contacts can be found on the Nottingham Safeguarding Children Partnership website


  • Bullying
  • Online Safety
  • Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)
  • Family Lives
  • Barnardos
  • Kidscape
  • Missing Person Helpline
  • National Drugs Helpline
  • NHS Direct
  • Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE)
  • Women's Aid Federation
  • Parents Centre
  • Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme (Sarah's Law)

Parent Talk from Action for Children

Action for children's parent talk






Down-to-earth parenting advice you can trust

Action for Children are on hand to support parents, when you need them.

Browse articles on the most common parenting questions from experts (including Covid-19, emotional well-being, behaviour and learning, nutrition and healthy eating and sleep) or talk one-to-one with a qualified parenting coach about anything that’s worrying you.

It’s all free, and no topic is too big, small, or embarrassing.

Visit the website:

Direct Help & Advice charity

Flyer for the advice line of the Direct Help & Advice charity

Family life can be put under lots of different stress factors.  If you need advice and guidance on issues including housing, debt and money advice, getting back to work or mental health issues Direct Help and Advice is a charity who can help. 

See the Advice Line Flyer for more details

The First 1001 Days

Why the first 1001 days are so important

The first 1001 days of a child’s life, from conception to age two, is a window of opportunity. It is a time of particularly rapid growth and brain development. Leading child health experts agree that the care given during the first 1001 days has more influence on a child’s future than at any other time in their life.

  • From around 8 weeks pregnant, babies respond to touch.
  • By 23 weeks pregnant, babies can hear sounds from the outside world.
  • By the age of 2, a child’s brain is already 80% developed.

Our friends at Leicestershire County Council have created this animation all about the first 1001 days and why it's so important to your child's development

They've also produced an information leaflet which you can access here:

My First 1001 Days a leaflet for parents and carers (PDF)

To support parents and carers with the important role they play during this time check out some of the resources and ideas you can find on Notts Help Yourself in these sections:

Activities and Groups

Your Child's Development

Speech and Language

Things to do at Home

You can also read an article about the first 1001 Days on the Health for Under 5s website. A website for healthy happy early years with support from trusted NHS professionals, covering all topics from pregnancy right through to pre-school.

Read the article here:The First 1001 Days | Health for Under 5s 

Healthy Eating

Health Start Scheme

Healthy Start Card

If you're pregnant or have children under four and you are on certain benefits you might be able to get help to buy food and milk with a Healthy Start Card.

To find out more about the scheme go to: The new Healthy Start Scheme – Get help to buy food and milk

What you'll get:

  • £4.25 each week of your pregnancy from the 10th week
  • £8.50 each week for children from birth to 1
  • £4.25 each week for children between 1 and 4

Your money will stop when your child is 4, or if you no longer receive benefits.

If you are under 18 and pregnant you can sign up for Healthy Start even if you are not on any benefits.  Find out more about whether you're eligible for Healthy Start here

You can spend the money on your Healthy Start card on fruit, vegetables and milk. You can also spend them on infant formula milk but only if it is the type of milk that babies can have from birth. Most of the big supermarkets and some of your local shops accept them.

Go to the Healthy Start website and click Apply Now to get started online or follow the instructions on how to apply by email or phone. 

Where can I use the Healthy Start Card?

Health Food

You can use your card in most places that sell milk, infant formula, fruit, and vegetables. This includes:

  • supermarkets
  • convenience stores
  • grocery stores
  • drug stores and pharmacies
  • markets
  • dairy products stores
  • news dealers and newsstands
  • freezer and locker meat provisioners (such as butcher shops)
  • petrol stations 

 They must display a Mastercard® logo.

Find Out If You're Eligible

Use this quick and easy Healthy Start Eligibility Calculator to find out if you can receive Healthy Start vouchers

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Healthy Start Vitamins

Healthy Start Vitamins

You can get Healthy Start vitamins at some of our Children’s Centres and other places in the community

If you get Healthy Start prepaid card you will also get  free vitamins. If you have a Healthy Start Card you'll need to show your card to get your free vitamins.

If you don’t qualify for Healthy Start you can still buy Healthy Start vitamins at the Children’s Centre.

They cost:

80p per bottle (for vitamins when you are pregnant or breastfeeding)

£1.60 per bottle (vitamin drops for babies and children).

Find a Children’s Centre near you at or visit the Healthy Start Vitamins services location finder

Or phone the free phone number 0300 500 80 80

Who should take Healthy Start Vitamins?

  • All pregnant women
  • All breastfeeding women
  • Babies from 6 months old (who are having less than 500ml (one pint) of infant formula a day)
  • Children aged 1 to 4

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is important for everyone, but especially for the groups listed above, as it helps to keep bones and muscles strong and healthy. Healthy Start vitamins include Vitamin D - if you choose not to take Healthy Start vitamins we recommend you and your family takes a Vitamin D supplement.

Where can I find more information?

Speak to your midwife, Healthy Family team or children’s centre.

Healthy Eating and the Childhood Obesity Trailblazer Project

Find out more about the Nottinghamshire Project which aims to "improve the home and community food environment of families with children in the early years living in areas of higher childhood obesity"

Visit the Childhood Obesity Trailblazer Project page to find information on the project, FOOD Clubs, Recipes and more



Food Support and FOOD Clubs

Visit our Food Support page where you can find details of services across Nottinghamshire to help you stretch your food budget whilst also maintaining a healthy diet.  Here you'll find details of Food Banks, Community Supermarlets, Healthy Recipes, Free School Meals and Milk and more.

FOOD Clubs (Food On Our Doorstep) are an initiative developed by national charities Family Action and Fare Share.  As part of the Trailblazer programme, Nottinghamshire County Council Public Health Team and the Children’s Centre Service are working with district and borough councils and community groups to set up 30 FOOD Clubs over the coming year.  Currently there are 8 established, but more will be added over coming months. There is a small membership fee to join the food clubs and you have to live locally to be eligable.

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Healthy Family Recipes

Your Health, Your Way have come up with some tasty, healthy recipes for the whole family. Download the Family Meal Planner booklet to try out these recipes that can all be made for under £15.00:









Change4Life is here to help your family be healthier and happier. Find out more about what's really in the food your family eats, great recipe ideas and lots of fun activities to get you and the kids moving and having fun    Visit:  


Cooking and baking with children from Cbeebies is one place to start encouraging your child to cook and taking a more active role in the foods they eat, and with more recipes from I Can Cook may encourage them to eat a wider variety of foods



Full Time Meals Get Stuck In logo

Full Time Meals with Marcus Rashford and Tom Kerridge.  Low-cost and easy-to-make recipes and instructional videos can be found on the Full Time Meals Facebook and Instagram pages aimed at families to help tackle child food poverty so that "No child should ever go to bed hungry"

Healthy Start image Don't forget you can use your Healthy Start Card to buy the ingredients for these recipes! 


Eating Well in the Early Years

NHS and Better Health Food Scanner App

The free NHS Food Scanner app can help you to make healthier swaps for you and your children next time you shop.  Watch this video to find out how it works:

Download the NHS Food Scanner App here:

Download the Food Scanner on the Apple App Store    Get the Food Scanner on Google Play



First Steps Nutrition logo


The First Steps Nutrition Trust has produced a range useful advice guides for young children aged 1 – 4 years; including snacks, good food choices and portion sizes, packed lunches, eating well for vegan infants.  These guides can be downloaded:








Common Feeding Pitfalls

Child Feeding Guide logo

Our friends at Loughborough University’s School of Sport, Exercise, and Health Sciences have put together some useful advice on how to encourage your child to eat a healthy diet.

For advice and guidance see: 

Common feeding pitfalls | Child Feeding Guide

Child Feeding Guide Pitfalls

10 Steps for a Healthy Toddler

See the poster below for some quick tips or follow this link to download a Healthy Toddlers booklet

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Healthy Portion Sizes

Children need foods from the four main food groups, in the right balance and in the right portion size.  Knowing how much of each to give your child is not always easy.  The British Nutrition Foundation have produced some guides to help.

Portion sizes guide poster

The 5532-a-day poster is a quick guide to portion sizes

Portion sizes guide booklet

The 5532-a-day Perfect portions for little tums booklet provides more detailed information and gives a greater range of food examples








Childhood Immunisations

Immunisations in the first few weeks are delivered by your GP, you can find out more in this useful guide, or visit:








For babies and children up to 5 years, immunisations are delivered by your GP, you can find out more information about when they are due from these leaflets








Or visit : 

Flu Vaccination

Free flu protection for 2-3 year olds

Children aged 2 or 3 years old can receive protection from the flu in the form of a nasal spray or an injection.

The nasal spray or injection alternative (if preferred) can be booked for free at your child’s GP practice often with the practice nurse. The nasal spray is painless and easy to have and has an excellent safety record.

As well as protecting your child against  flu, there are additional benefits which may include:

  • Protect you, your family and friends- A child can pass flu to anyone including their family or friends even if they are not showing any symptoms. Flu can be serious for the young, the elderly and those with long-term health conditions.
  • Avoid costs if your child gets flu- You not needing to take time of work if your child is unwell with flu
  • Protect your child – The vaccine will help protect your child against flu and serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia

How do I book?

Contact your child’s GP practice to book. 

For information about the children's flu vaccine visit or see the Government leaflet Flu: 5 reasons to vaccinate your child

For more guidance for parents and carers download the leaflet Protecting your child against flu

For a simple guide about which flu vaccine your child should have, click the chart below:

Keeping Healthy and Safe

Accident and Injury Prevention

Find out ways you can prevent some of the most common causes of accident and injury around the home and out and about on the The Child Accident and Prevention Trust wesbite:

Main cause of accident and injury



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Choking can happen with any foods, but ‘firm foods’, bones and small round foods that can easily get stuck in the throat present a higher risk. Take a look a a few help tips to help avoid choking:



First Aid

If you're wanting to find out some basic information on First Aid and minor illnesses try out some of these resources:

Minor Ailments and Illnesses from the Health for Under 5's website

Burns and Scalds First Aid from the Child Accident Prevention Trust

First Aid for Babies and Children from the British Red Cross

Baby Save a Life Course  These courses are suitable for parents with infants up to 5yrs of age.  They are held at Nottinghamshire Children's Centres and run by an external agency. They are a one hour introduction to Paediatric First Aid and covers the basics including choking, resuscitation, burns and scalds.  Contact your nearest Children's Centre to find out when they are next running a session.

First Aid Downloads and Apps

Download this poster  from St John Ambulance to stick on your fridge or noticeboard for a quick guide to what to do if your baby is choking, unresponsive, has stopped breathing, or has a seizure, and how to put them in the recovery position. You can find more First Aid posters to download at





Baby and Child First Aid App

Keep your little ones safe with the British Red Cross app, packed with useful videos and easy to follow advice 

Download from Google Play

Download from the Apple Store


Car Seat Safety

Buying a suitable and safe car seat for your children is an important decision for families.  Read some guidance from the Health for Under 5's website on things to consider:

Things to look for when buying a car seat

Respiratory Illness - difficulty breathing and wheezing

To find out what to look out for and what to do if you think your child has a respiratory illness visit this page on the Health for Under 5's website:

Respiratory illnesses in young children - Nottinghamshire | Health for Under5s


Find out more about symptoms and when you should worry in this article: Difficulty breathing and wheeze :: Healthier Together (



Staying Safe in Hot Weather

Sun Safety for Babies

Keep your baby cool and protect them from the sun.

  • Babies less than 6 months old should be kept out of direct sunlight. Their skin contains too little melanin, which is the pigment that gives skin, hair and eyes their colour, and provides some protection from the sun.
  • Older babies should also be kept out of the sun as much as possible, particularly in the summer and between 11am and 3pm, when the sun is at its strongest. If you go out when it's hot, attach a parasol or sunshade to your baby's pushchair to keep them out of direct sunlight.
  • Apply a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 to your baby's skin. Make sure the product also protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Many brands produce sunscreen specifically for babies and young children, as these products are less likely to contain additives that might irritate the skin. Apply the suncream regularly, particularly if your child is in and out of the sea or paddling pool. 
  • Make sure your child wears a sunhat with a wide brim or a long flap at the back to protect their head and neck from the sun.

For more information

Keeping your baby safe in the sun advice from the NHS



The Lullaby Trust have put together some Baby summer safety advice so you can enjoy the summer and keep your baby safe.



Sun Safety for Children

Take extra care to protect children. Their skin is much more sensitive than adult skin, and damage caused by repeated exposure to sunlight could lead to skin cancer developing in later life.

From March to October in the UK, children should:

  • cover up with suitable clothing
  • spend time in the shade, particularly from 11am to 3pm
  • wear at least SPF30 sunscreen

Apply sunscreen to areas not protected by clothing, such as the face, ears, feet and backs of hands.

To ensure they get enough vitamin D, all children under 5 are advised to take vitamin D supplements.

This short Sun Safety Heroes video shows children how to cover up, put on suncream and stay safe playing outdoors in the sun:

For more information have a look at this range of safety advice and tips from health and children's professionals:

NHS Guidance Heatwave: how to cope in hot weather gives you tips on how to look after yourself and your children during a heatwave.

Sunscreen and sun safety advice for adults and children from the NHS


Staying safe in the sun leaflet imageStaying Safe in the Sun advice leaflet from the Institute of Health Visitors








Staying safe in the sun advice from the Health For Kids website

 Advice for Grown-ups and Advice for Kids


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Cancer Research UK Logo Sun Safety advice and tips from Cancer Research UK




Physical Activity Guidelines

The Government has issued infographics as an update to guidance released in 2011.  The overall message remains the same: any activity is better than none, and more is better still.

The guidance advises on safe levels of activity for pregnant women and new mothers, and the many benefits that this can bring as long as they listen to their body and speak to their health professional. A moderate amount of exercise for new mothers is proven to help them:

  • regain strength
  • ease back pain
  • reduce the risk of gestational diabetes

New advice is also available to encourage good development in babies and children, with the UK Chief Medical Officers recommending lots of ‘tummy time’.

As much active play as possible in children under 5 is encouraged, and older children are recommended to be active for an average of 60 minutes a day across the week.

Movement is Life - a video on the importance of children keeping active

Smoke Free Families

"Children and passive smoking"

Passive smoking is especially harmful for children as they have less well-developed airways, lungs and immune systems. Children who live in a household where at least 1 person smokes are more likely to develop:

  • asthma
  • chest infections – like pneumonia and bronchitis
  • meningitis
  • Ear infections
  • coughs and colds

Children are particularly vulnerable in the family car where second-hand smoke can reach hazardous levels even with the windows open.

Visit the Smoke Free Families website for further information

Library Services and Reading

Register at your local Library and you and your child will be able to borrow a wide range of story and information books.  It's free to join and you can join your child at any any.

Libraries also have a range of activities and events aimed at under 5's. 

Find out more about the fantastic range of services available at Inspire Libraries | Children and Families


Bookstart packs are given out free to babies and children to inspire a love of reading and books at an early age.   

Packs can be collected at your local library or children's centre and from your health professional or early years setting.  Two packs are available to every child; the Bookstart Baby pack for babies aged 0-12 months and the Bookstart Treasure Gift for children aged 3 years. 

There are also packs available to support chilren with additional needs Booktouch for children who are partially sighted, Bookshine for children who are dead or hearing impaired and Bookstart Star for children who have a condition or disability  that impacts on or delays the development of their fine motor skills.

Find out more about all the Bookstart packs at Inspire Libraries |Bookstart

Mood, Emotional Health and Wellbeing - Children

Support for parents worried about their child's mental health.

Happy Maps

Happy Maps logo

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:

Anna Freud National Centre for Families and Children

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Advice and guidance for parents and carers to help you support a child or young person experiencing poor mental health or wellbeing:

Guidance includes: Adoption and Foster Care; In conflict; Self-care; Shared Decision Making

Be U Notts

Be U Notts

Be U Notts is a free, accessible and convenient mental health and emotional wellbeing support service for Children and Young People (CYP) between 0-25 years of age and their parent/carers in Nottinghamshire County (except Bassetlaw) and Nottingham City. People in the Bassetlaw area can access mental health and emotional wellbeing support via NottAlone

Be You Notts is FREE of charge, and includes the following interventions:
Getting Advice, Getting Help:

  • 1-1 counselling
  • Group sessions
  • Online counselling
  • Peer support groups for CYP and their parents/carers

Getting More Help:

  • Seamless pathways with local mental health and wellbeing specialist providers

Getting Risk Support:

  • Signposting/referring Children and Young People to urgent mental health support services

Children and Young People can self-refer, or referrals can be organised by parents/carers or relevant professionals, by contacting Be U Notts.
Be You Notts can be conacted through their:
• Helpline – 0115 708 0008
• Website –


Safer Sleep

Lullaby Trust

The Lullaby Trust have pulled together lots of information and advice giving you simple steps for how you can sleep your baby to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) which is commonly known as cot death. It can give you the peace of mind to enjoy this special time.

The Lullaby Trust's advice is based on strong scientific evidence and should be followed for all sleep periods, not just at night.

If you have any questions about SIDS or safer sleep, please call their information line on 0808 802 6869 (lines open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm).

What is SIDS?

Safer sleep publications

The best sleeping position for your baby

Sharing a room with your baby

Co-Sleeping with your baby

The safest room temperature for babies

The best matress and bedding for your baby

Smoking around your baby

Dummies and SIDS

Swaddling your baby and using slings

A clear cot, is a safe cot

Reducing the risk of SIDS for premature babies

Using e-cigarettes around your baby

Safer sleep for twins

Sleeping products

Safer sleep advice for cold winter nights


Watch this video for a quick guide to Do's and Don'ts for safer sleep:

 The Lullaby Trust have also created a series of online presentations for parents and carers on how to reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome):

Safer sleep for babies: sleep position, sleep environment and bedding


Safer sleep for babies – Overheating, temperature and overwrapping


Safer sleep for babies – Baby ill-health, vaccination

Emergency Safer Sleep Guide

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A visual leaflet with all the safer sleep essentials, but with descriptive images and limited text to make it easier for visual learners, those with low-literacy levels, or for anyone who is in crisis and is unable to take in large amounts of text to understand our key advice.

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Training on Safer Sleep for professionals working with children can be accessed on  the Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership website


Have a look at the Safer Sleep Risk Assessment Tool and Guidance developed by the Safer Sleep Steering Group and consider how you could use them in your role/within your team

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National Childbirth Trust logo

The National Childbirth Trust have some useful information on baby and toddler sleep including: cot safety, swaddling benefits and risks, tips to help your baby sleep and more


Lift the Baby for safer sleeping

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Some great tips on safer sleeping in this video aimed at new Dads:

For more information visit the Lift the Baby website

Sleep Problems

The Sleep Charity

The Sleep Charity

We understand how difficult life can be when your child has a sleep issue. Our aim is to support families to get a better night’s sleep by offering workshops, clinics and written materials.

Useful advice sheets for parents can be downloaded here

Information on training courses for parents can be found here

Call: 01302 751416



Bath, Book, Bed routine from the Book Trust

bath, book, bed logoA regular night-time routine can help with improved sleep in young children.  The Bath, Book, Bed routine from the Book Trust is a simple plan that can help with a better night's sleep for the whole family.  You can download the Bath, Book, Bed booklet here and visit the Book Trust's website for more advice from top experts with recommendations on how to keep the routine going and suggestions of favourite bedtime stories at

Speech and Language

Visit the Start Talking Together section of Notts Help Yourself

Find age appropriate advice and guidance on speech, language and communication needs.

Start Talking Together

Starting School

Your child's journey to school

Your Child's Journey to School is a guide to preparing your child for nursery and school and has milestones for 2, 3, 4 and 5 year olds to help you prepare your child.






BBC Bite Size support starting school



 BBC Bitsize Starting Primary School - online resources from the BBC to help support you prepare you child for primary school



Health for Under 5s A website for healthy happy early years with support from trusted NHS professionals has a range of articles on getting ready for school

Visit: Health for Under 5s ready for school pages

Bigger, Brighter Smiles

Here's some helpful tips and tricks to help your baby when they start teething


Teething tips and tricks

 Download this Tips and Tricks guide as a simple reference tool







Find out more about when babies start teeting on the NHS Website


Teething ChartDownload this teething chart to see approximately when your baby's teeth will appear




National Childbirth Trust logo

The National Childbirth Trust have some useful teething information including: signs to look for, easing the pain and handy hints on brushing



Looking after your baby's teeth

This video demonstrates how to help brush your child's teeth from when they have their first tooth until around 7 years of age.  For more advice on looking after your child's teeth visit the NHS Website

Brushing teeth video













Protecting Against Tooth Decay

Click the image to open a guide from the Infant and Toddler Forum on protecting toddlers from tooth decay, 

tooth decay guidance parents

Toilet training

When to start toilet training with your child?

Most parents start thinking about potty training when their child is between 2 and 2 and a half, but there's no perfect time. Some people find it easier to start in the summer, when there are fewer clothes to take off and washed clothes dry more quickly.

Try potty training when there are no great disruptions or changes to your child's or your family's routine. It's important to stay consistent, so you don’t confuse your child.

There are a number of signs that your child is starting to develop bladder control, you can find out more here:


You can also take this quiz on the Health for Under 5's website Quiz: Is your toddler ready for potty training?


This video on Toilet Training from PACEY (The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years) has useful pointers on when is the right time to start and some tips on getting it right


Resources to help with toilet training

ERIC logo

More toilet training support including videos, guides to download, and FAQs can be found on the ERIC website



National Childbirth Trust logo

The National Childbirth Trust have some useful potty training information including: signs your child is ready, training at night, tips for girls, tips for boys and more





Lots of parents wonder when and how to start weaning their baby (introducing solid foods) - with so much conflicting advice available it can be very confusing.

You should wait until your baby is around 6 months old - this gives them time to develop properly, so they can cope with solid food.

Take a look at this video for lots of top tips:

This Weaning wallchart is a resource for mums, parents and carers to use at home with helpful tips on weaning and a timeline to help show what might be happening at different stages between the ages of 6-12+ months.  

Time to start solid foods? Wallchart






This Easy Read version of the wallchart includes tips on when to start your baby on solid food, how much your baby needs, what you need to get started, and some food suggestions to try.

Time to start solid foods easy read cover








No Worry Weaning is a guide to the process of weaning and how to make it fun for you and your baby.

For more information:

Children's Centre ServicesContact your local Children’s Centre Service team 



Take a look at the Weaning information on Better Health Start for Life:



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