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Funded childcare for working parents of 3 and 4-year-olds

Last reviewed: May 2021 All 3 and 4 year old children can have 15 hours funded early education a week over 38 weeks of the year. That’s 570 hours every year until they start school. Some childcare providers offer fewer hours each week that can…

Funded childcare places for 2 years olds

Your 2-year-old may be entitled to funded childcare in Suffolk, please take the following steps to find out: Use our online checker to see if your child is eligible: Funded early education for 2-year-olds | Suffolk County Council Read the information below as your child could…

Help with paying for childcare

There may be some help with paying for childcare through the following: Childcare element of Working Tax Credit:  Contact the tax credit helpline on 0345 300 3900. Childcare Vouchers You exchange a part of your salary for childcare vouchers with Tax and National Insurance savings. You will need to discuss…

Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme

Suffolk County Council is currently working with partners, providers and communities to develop an exciting programme of holiday activities for Summer 2021.  Activities will be available across Suffolk that will provide fun filled days for kids, lots of physical activity, enrichment, and some delicious and…

How to become a registered childminder in Suffolk

This information has been put together to guide you through the process of becoming a registered childminder in Suffolk. Reading this information will help you to understand what is required to become a childminder and successfully register with the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s…

I'm worried about my child's mental health

   Find information and support in Suffolk to help you and your family cope with emotional wellbeing and mental health issues. Does your child need urgent help? If it's an emergency call 999. If it's not life threatening call NHS 111. Call First Response: 0808…

Night terrors

Many children experience nightmares and night terrors, but most grow out of them. They don't cause any long-term psychological harm to your child. Night terrors are very different from nightmares. A child having night terrors may scream and thrash around, and may not recognise you…

Occupational Therapy for children and young people

The team of Occupational Therapists employed by Suffolk County Council to work in the Disabled Children & Young People’s Team, covering the county to provide assessments at home for children and young people with disabilities. Assessments are carried out to identify and discuss difficulties within the…

A parent's guide to autism

Parents often feel relieved when they finally receive a diagnosis of autism, because they have an explanation for their child's behaviour. Receiving a diagnosis may come as a shock, and it can take a while to accept what you're being told.  It can sometimes be…

Primary Mental Health Workers for Schools in Suffolk

What are Primary Mental Health Workers (PMHWs)? Primary Mental Health Workers (PMHWs) offer consultation, support and guidance to school staff working with children and young people who are showing mild to moderate mental health concerns. School staff can contact their Primary Mental Health Worker if they…