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

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 be taken over more…

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: www.suffolk.gov.uk/two Read the information below as your child could be eligible based on other criteria (even if…

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…

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 not a life threatening emergency call NHS 111 and they will talk you through what happens…

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…

Raising low self-esteem

We all have times when we lack confidence and don't feel good about ourselves. But when low self-esteem becomes a long-term problem, it can have a harmful effect on our mental health and our lives. What is self-esteem? Self-esteem is the opinion we have of…

Self-harm in children and young people - information and advice for parents and carers

Tell us what you think about this section of the website by clicking on the feedback tab to the right of your screen. What is self-harm in children and young people? Self-harm is when someone does something to intentionally hurt themselves. Often a child or young…