Guidance for parents and carers

Advice about finding and choosing childcare and how to access the free early education entitlement for 2, 3 & 4 year olds.

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Free early education for 2-year-olds

Check if your 2 your old is entitled to free childcare in Suffolk.

Free early education for 3 and 4-year-olds

Find out how your child can access their free early education from the term after their third birthday.

Childcare for working parents

How to check if your child may get up to 30 hours free early education a week for 38 weeks from September 2017 and how to apply.

Finding and choosing childcare

Information on the types of childcare, finding a place for your child and what questions you should ask childcare providers.

Suffolk Family Information Service

Offering free and impartial advice to parents about finding childcare, the free early education entitlement and other family services for 0-19 year olds.

Parenting programmes

List of parenting support programmes for parents and carers in Suffolk and how to book onto a parenting programme.

Books and resources for parents

Books and resource for parents; activities to complete together with your child, recommended library books and getting free books from Bookstart.

Early years foundation stage (EYFS)

Framework that sets the standards for learning, development and care for pre-school children from birth to 5 years.

National organisations providing support to parents and carers

List of websites and organisations offering support to parents and carers in healthy living, dealing with behaviour and protecting a child from abuse.

Suffolk Health and Children’s Centres

Find out how to enjoy the benefits of belonging to a Health and Children’s Centre!