Information and guidance for parents

If you are looking for childcare for your child and don't know where to begin we can help.


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We strongly believe that spending time in a registered early years setting such as a nursery, pre-school or with a childminder will support children in their early learning and development.                      

Have you checked out our new parenting page - The Parent Hub - Advice and information for parents and carers for useful parenting information.                                                                          

If you can't find what you're looking for and would like information, advice and assistance please contact the Suffolk Families Information Service by email at or on 0345 60 800 33. 
(Read about the change from 0845 to 0345 numbers).                                                                                              

Are you worried about the costs of keeping your family warm during Winter?  Please see the Warm Homes Healthy People fund pages, where funding is available for families with children under the age of 5 years.






What is in the section

Bookstart - free books for children

This is a national project giving a free pack of books to babies and young children.

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Children's Centres

Feel Free to drop into your local Children's Centre, with play, advice and activities that cost nothing.

  1. Locations of Children's Centres listed by Town
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Early Years Foundation Stage

Information on the Early Years Foundation Stage is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child's life between birth and age

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Finding and choosing childcare

Information on types of childcare, finding a place for your child and any questions you would like to ask to make sure you have made the right choice.

  1. Help for parents struggling to find childcare
  2. Help with finding holiday and childcare activities
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Free early learning for 2, 3 and 4 year olds

Find out about your child's Free early learning entitlement!

  1. Free early learning for 2 year olds
  2. Free early learning for 3 and 4 year olds
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Suffolk Families Information Service

Free impartial advice about childcare

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