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Cheshire East Council has produced a one page Checklist to help you understand if you are eligible for the 30 hours free childcare ones your child turns 3 – Click here to download the PDF
Every child in England and Wales is entitled to a free Bookstart pack before they are 12 months old and again aged 3-4 years (27 months in Wales). Bookstart also gifts additional needs packs for babies and toddlers, as well as black-and-white booklets for newborns and dual language books.
Find out how you can get your packs on the Booktrust website – https://www.booktrust.org.uk/what-we-do/programmes-and-campaigns/bookstart/families. You’ll find amazing pages for all the family, including interactive storybooks, themed booklists, a bookfinder to give you inspiration, activities to make and do at home and much more.
Specialists in paediatric cranial osteopathy and during pregnancy
T: 0161 478 1877
We offer a sling hire service to enable you to find out which type of sling is for you! Slings can be hired at a cost of £8 for two weeks or £15 for a month.
A £40 refundable deposit is required for all hires.
T: 07920 131971
Facebook – @congletonslinglibrary
The Oral Health Foundation is an independent charity (not for profit) dedicated to improving oral health and wellbeing. They run a Helpline offering advice, help and reassurance about their oral health and wellbeing – you can call them on 01788 539780. Check out their website here – https://www.dentalhealth.org/forms/dental-helpline
You are entitled to free dental treatment whilst you are pregnant and for 12 months after your baby is born. You don’t have to pay for NHS dental treatment if you’re: under 18, or under 19 and in full-time education.
Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people.
For more information see their website – https://www.familyfund.org.uk/faqs/how-do-we-apply
Gingerbread is the leading national charity working with single parent families. They have a wealth of information and advice on topics including housing, bereavement and money on their website.
The Gingerbread Single Parent Helpline provides support and expert advice on anything from dealing with a break-up to going back to work or sorting out child maintenance, benefit or tax credit issues. Our friendly advisers will talk through your options and send you useful information. Your call is free and confidential.
The helpline number is 0808 802 0925
Gingerbread groups offer a chance for single parent families to get together, meet new people and share experiences. There are groups in Macclesfield, Wilmslow and Altrincham – you need to be a member to join but membership is free. Details are on the Gingerbread website.
The Good Egg website has lots of safety advice on buying a car seat for the little ones.
Home-Start is one of the leading family support charities in the UK.
Families struggling with post-natal depression, isolation, physical health problems, bereavement and many other issues receive the support of a volunteer who will spend around two hours a week in a family’s home supporting them in the ways they need.
Fore more information see the Home-Start Website
I CAN’s mission is that no child should be left out or left behind because of a difficulty speaking or understanding.
There is a wealth of information, help and advice on the I CAN website. There is also a helpline which you can call to speak to a speech and language specialist for advice and guidance on 020 7843 2544.
Talking Point gives parents/carers and practitioners the information they need to help children develop their speech, language and communication skills.
If you are concerned about a child’s speech, language and communication, you can use the Progress Checker on the Talking Point website to review a child’s progress in talking, listening and understanding. There is also a database of resources and FAQ factsheets.