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Useful Resources & Links

Useful Resources and Links for Parents and Carers

Did You Know?  

  • A newborn has around 50,000 synapses (connections between brain cells. By age 1, they will have made around 1,000,000,000! The more they hear or see something, the stronger those connections become. (BBC Tiny Happy people) 
  • A child’s language development doesn’t start when they begin to use words, babies start to distinguish sounds when they are in their mother’s womb.  
  • Research shows that the home ‘learning environment’ and interactions with a parent or carer is a key predictor of a child’s success, not just in the Early Years but for their future.  

Our Sefton Community

Babies and young children develop social skills by watching and interacting with others. Parents and Carers can also benefit from sharing ideas and building support network with other parents.  

You may find this list of Community sessions helpful: 

Early Years Resources to use at home

The BBC is continuously developing resources to support with early years. The ‘Tiny Happy People’ project is great in supporting language skills. The ‘Pre-schoolers Resources’ have been developed to support maths, communication, language and literacy, physical education, well-being and development, understanding the world and expressive arts and design and can be accessed here 

The BBC also offers Parent Support for Early Years, Parent’s toolkit and support for SEND 

Other useful documents

Prgress Check Age Two (pdf 16.9MB)
What To Expect When Guide (pdf 1.58MB)

Useful Links 

There are a range of professionals working in health, education and social care to support parents and carers. Sometimes it can feel hard to ask for help or to know who to turn to. If in doubt, talk to your GP, health visitor or midwife, who will be able to signpost you to services available locally. 

Whatever you are experiencing, charities across the UK are on hand with information and support. From opportunities to meet other parents, to specialist services and helplines, there is lots of support available.

Specialised Support 

  • Get support for your own mental health - call the Mind helpline (0300 123 3393) or text “Shout” to 85258 if you feel that you are in crisis.

  • Get support for you and your partner as a couple through Relate.

  • If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse of any kind, Refuge is here to support you.

  • If you’re an adult survivor of any form of child abuse, read information from NSPCC or contact the National Association for People Abused in Childhood

  • Access free advice on maternity rights and parental rights through Maternity Action.

  • Find guidance on financial support for families through Working Families.


Last Updated on Thursday, May 30, 2024

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