Parenting support teams work with children and young people from birth to nineteen, and their families. They work in and around our Children's Centres. Services vary but they all offer play and youth activities, and support in areas including disability, mental health, emotional wellbeing and school attendance.
Services and support for parents
NHS services for new parents
Registering your baby…
Maternity and paternity benefits and leave
This page lists the benefits you're entitled to when you're pregnant, and has information on maternity, paternity and shared parental leave. It also lists other benefits you might be able to receive, depending on your circumstances.
Leave and time off
When you're pregnant, you're entitled to up…
Your baby's health and development reviews
You will be offered regular health and development reviews (health visitor checks) for your baby until they are two. These are to support you and your baby, and make sure their development is on track.
The reviews are usually done by your health visitor or…
Breastfeeding: the first few days
In the first few days, you and your baby will be getting to know each other. It may take time for both of you to get the hang of breastfeeding.
This happens more quickly for some women than others. But nearly all women produce enough…
Advice for single parents
If you're bringing up a child on your own, don't be afraid to ask for help from friends and family. You may also find that other single parents are a good source of support.
Finding support as a lone parent
- Suggest a "swap" arrangement…
Children with a serious condition or special needs
Find out what support is available, and how to get it, if your child has a serious condition or special needs.
Learning that your child has a disability or illness is bound to be stressful and upsetting. It's a good idea to get as much information as…
Accessible toys, play and learning
Toys for children with physical or learning disabilities need to be safe for them to use and suitable for their particular needs. Non-specialist toys can be suitable, but you do need to make sure they are safe for your child to play with.