Information and guidance for parents

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


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.                      

Raising the Bar Awards 2014:

Nominate individuals or group childcare providers who you feel have made significant contributions towards high quality education in your local area. For more details see our Raising the Bar Letter and Flyer                                                                                                                                                                                  

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 telephone on 0845 60 800 33, or via email to                                                                                                     

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






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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.

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Early Years Foundation Stage

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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.

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Free early education for 2, 3 and 4 year olds

All 3 and 4 year olds in England are entitled to 15 hours of free early education each week for up to 38 weeks of the year. Some 2 year olds are also eligible.

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Suffolk Families Information Service

Free impartial advice about childcare

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