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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…

Special educational needs (SEN)

If your child has a learning disability, their special educational needs (SEN) can be met either in a mainstream school with extra support, or in a special school. If your child has special educational needs, they will be able to access help, called SEN support, from: nurseries or…

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…

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…

Learning disabilities: coping with challenging behaviour

Children with learning disabilities can have challenging behaviour. Dealing with your child's challenging behaviour can be stressful, but you don't have to tackle it alone. All children can behave in ways that are difficult to deal with - for example, having tantrums, kicking or throwing things. Children who…

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