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Childcare - How do I choose?

How do I choose? Entrusting a stranger with your child is a big step, so before you choose a provider you may want to consider the following tips: Give yourself plenty of time to choose – holiday playschemes, for example, get booked up in advance…

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…

Is my child too ill for school?

It can be tricky deciding whether or not to keep your child off school, nursery or playgroup when they're unwell. But there are government guidelines for schools and nurseries that say when children should be kept off school and when they shouldn't. If you do keep your…

Treating a fever (high temperature) in children

In children under five, a fever is considered to be a temperature of 38C (100.4F) or above. Fever is very common in young children. More than 60% of parents with children aged between six months and five years say their child has had one. It's usually caused by…

Separation anxiety

Babies and toddlers often get clingy and cry if you or their other carers leave them, even for a short time. Separation anxiety and fear of strangers is common in young children between the ages of six months and three years, but it's a normal part…

Toddler food: common questions

What are healthy snacks for toddlers? You could try: raw vegetable sticks, such as cucumber and carrots a plain yoghurt with a banana sliced into it a slice of toast with cheese spread, hummus or a slice of ham some crackers, breadsticks or unsalted rice…

Bedwetting in under fives

Up to the age of five, wetting the bed is normal. It usually stops happening as your child gets older without the need for any treatment. up to one in five five-year-olds wet the bed 1 in 20 10-year-olds wet the bed about 1 in 50 teenagers wet the bed 1…

Teaching your child everyday skills

When children play, they're learning what they want to learn. Often these will be things you want them to learn, too. Sometimes, though, your child may need some extra help from you to learn the necessary skills they'll need throughout their lives. For example, these skills…

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