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Childhood illness - NHS guidance

A guide from the NHS showing common childhood illnesses and advice for when you should keep your child off nursery or school.

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Eczema

Find out about the different types of eczema, treatments and triggers, and download our booklets and factsheets. https://eczema.org/information-and-advice/

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My health Devon asthma resources

Asthma is the most common long-term medical condition in children in the UK, with around 1 in 11 children and young people living with asthma. The UK has some of the highest prevalence, emergency admissions and death rates for childhood asthma in Europe. Outcomes are worse for children and young people living in the most deprived areas.

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Childhood illness

A parents guide to common childhood illness and wellbeing – 0 to 4 years olds with useful information on common childhood illnesses, wellbeing, and further information.

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Easy ways to eat well and move more

Healthier Families is an excellent source of easy and fun methods to help children and families make healthy choices and be more active.

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Eye health

Information from the NHS about why eye checks are important and how to spot eye problems in children.

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Children's hearing

Routine hearing tests are offered to newborn babies and children to identify any problems early on in their development.

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Fussy eaters

Top tips for fussy eaters and other advice and videos

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Headlice

Head lice infestation is a condition caused by a parasitic insect. Live lice can be found anywhere on the scalp; the eggs are most commonly found behind the ears and at the back of the neck. The severity of infestation varies from a few lice to thousands of lice, but a typical infestation might have about 30 lice per head. Head lice infestation is most common in children 4–11 years of age.

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Children's weight

“How much should my child weigh?” is a common question for parents. Children are weighed regularly as babies, but as children grow and develop at different rates it’s not always easy to tell if they are a healthy weight. Find some great advice here.

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Potty training and bedwetting

Potty training: how to start & best age to potty train. Great advice, information and video’s from ERIC, the Children’s bladder & bowel charity

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Sleep

If your child is struggling to sleep it can be exhausting for them and for the whole family. Good sleep is vital for children, teenagers, and families to flourish. Find out more from Sleep Scotland.

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Children's mental health

Find out how you can help a child to have good mental health, including knowing how to talk to a child about their mental health, and when to spot signs they might be struggling.

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Vaccinations

NHS vaccinations and when to have them

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Coughs and colds

Caused by viruses, colds can’t be cured by antibiotics. But you can help relieve the symptoms and support your body as it fights the virus. Sore throats can be caused by both viruses and bacteria but are not usually serious. Dry coughs are caused by inflammation in the throat while chesty coughs are the result of phlegm being produced by the lungs. Mucus cough occurs when the phlegm is extra thick and needs thinning before the coughing action can work properly.

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Information and support with understanding vaccinations

Childhood vaccinations – or jabs have been around for over 200 years starting with the first smallpox vaccine.  Different vaccinations are given out at different times across childhood.  But don’t worry if you or your child has missed out you can catch-up.  Vaccines work by teaching your immune system how to create antibodies that protect you from diseases.  Think of antibodies as your body’s defence system.  It’s much safer for your immune system to learn this through vaccination than by catching the diseases and treating them.  Once your immune system knows how to fight a disease, it can often protect you for many years.

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Learning and Development (Pre-School)

Home Learning Environment

It's the small things you do at home that make the biggest difference to your child.

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Talk Learn Do

Teaching your children about money from a young age helps them develop the skills they'll need as adults. We can show you how to talk to 3- to 11-year-olds about money. This doesn’t need to be complicated – children can learn about money from being involved in everyday activities.

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Brain development

Children’s brains develop fastest and are at their most ‘plastic’ or adaptable in the womb and early years of life. During this time, many millions of neural are made and then pruned. This builds the architecture of the brain upon which other forms of development will rest.

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Child development and milestones

Find out about your child’s brain development and how they come to understand the world.

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Behaviour advice from the NHS

Learn how to deal with behaviour issues, seperation anxiety and temper tantrums.

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Child development

Read about baby reviews, teething, potty training, learning and behaviour.

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Developing independence

Children develop in their minds, their bodies and their feelings. They all develop at different rates depending upon their genetics, their personality and how they are parented. Your relationship with your child is important to help them to develop mentally, physically and emotionally into adulthood. A baby that experiences regular and sensitive care learns that they are worthy of that care.

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Book trust

Sharing a book with a child is fun! It’s a time for closeness, laughing and talking together – and it can also give children a flying start in life and help them become lifelong readers.

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Learning to talk

From helping your child learn to talk by chatting, reading and playing together, to encouraging them to be physically active, this section has lots of helpful information.

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Potty training

Learning to look after yourself is an essential life skill. Being able to wash, dress, eat and toilet independently are important milestones in a child’s development.

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The five main areas of development

Cognitive DevelopmentThis is the child’s ability to learn and solve problems. For example, this includes a two-month-old baby learning to explore the environment with hands or eyes or a five-year-old learning how to do simple math problems.

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Zero to three matters

Ages zero to three are the most important for lifelong mental health and well-being. Find out more here

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Child safety (Pre-School)

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Car seat safety

A car seat is probably one of the most important purchases you will make for your child, but with so many types and models of car seat on the market, it can be difficult to know where to start and which one to choose.

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Child safety online

Understanding online safety is tricky for all ages. We have advice to help you learn about staying safe online as a family.

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Child safety online

A practical guide for parents and carers on how to keep children safe online.

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First Aid

Learn how to stop a baby choking and what to do if they have an accident.

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Staying safe in the sun

Babies and young children can become ill during very hot weather. Try these tips for keeping your child happy and healthy in the heat.

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Guidance from the NSPCC to keep children safe

Support and tips to help you keep children safe. From advice on children’s mental health to staying safe online, support for parents and what to do if you’re worried about a child.

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Safety advice out & about

Road and pedestrian safety, fact sheets and more information and advice from the Child Accident prevention Trust

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Safety in the home

Prevention is key, so get down to your child’s level to check what they can see and reach. You’ll also need to do this when you visit new places. The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) has information on garden sfaety, preventing burns, button batteries, poisioning and lots more

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Child safety

Provides information, advice, resources and training, and is actively involved in the promotion of safety in all areas of life – at work, in the home, and on the roads, in schools, at leisure and on or near water.

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What to do if your child has an accident

What do if your child has an accident and the latest safety advice.

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Childcare (Pre-School)

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Becoming a childminder

Information and advice on how to become a registered childminder in Torbay.

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HAF, holiday food & activities SEND Local Offer

We are pleased to be able to share with you the upcoming Winter/Christmas holiday provision available to children and young people who are eligible for benefit related Free School Meals in term time (and our EHE cohort of course).

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Find a childcare provider

Help and advice on finding, choosing and the types of childcare available in Torbay.

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Find before and after school holiday clubs SEND Local Offer

Childcare is available in Torbay through a variety of providers including childminders, pre-schools and out of school care such as breakfast clubs, afterschool clubs and holiday play schemes. Here you will find information on different types available.

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Finding childcare

Help and advice on finding, choosing and the types of childcare available in Torbay.

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Funding childcare

Find out about free childcare for 2, 3 and 4 year olds

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Emotional health & wellbeing (Pre-School)

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Parent Talk, Anxiety

Advice and activities to support children and parents with their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

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Bullying

“If you’re being bullied, whether it’s online or at school, university or work, it can be really difficult and leave you feeling hurt – but you are not alone. Advice on how you can tell someone and get help.

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Bereavement

During bereavement, it can help a child to talk about the person who’s died, whether it was a grandparent, parent, brother, sister or friend. Direct, honest and open communication is more helpful than trying to protect your child by hiding the truth.

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Bereavement, Winston's Wish

Information and advice on supporting a bereaved child

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Friends & Relationships

Relationships can make you feel amazing. But they can also leave you feeling stressed out and upset. Get advice if you’re having problems with relationships. 

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Parent Talk, Emotional Development

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Parent Talk, mental health and wellbeing

Advice and activities to support children and parents with their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

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Kooth mental health support

Your online mental wellbeing community, free, safe and anonymous support

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Young Devon

We give straightforward support for problems that young people might be facing.

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Early Years Alliance

Practical ideas for supporting young children’s wellbeing

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Promoting mental health and wellbeing

It’s important that all the adults in a child’s life are able to promote that child’s mental health and wellbeing. Information, advice and links from the NSPCC

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Early Communication

Big Little Moments

Sharing Big Little Moments every day. How do the Big Little Moments work?

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Booktrust

Sharing a book with a child is fun! It’s a time for closeness, laughing and talking together – and it can also give children a flying start in life and help them become lifelong readers.

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By 3 years

Remember, not all children develop at the same rate but during this time I will:

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Children learning more than one language

Speech and Language UK has some helpful information on children learning more than one language here and a blog, Myth-busting: Bilingualism / English as an additional language with a link to a bilingualism factsheet

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Speech, language and communication needs (SLCN)

The most fundamental life skill is the ability to communicate. Speech, language and communication needs is the term used to describe difficulties with:

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What is Makaton?

Makaton is a unique language programme that uses symbols, signs and speech to enable people to communicate. It supports the development of essential communication skills such as attention and listening, comprehension, memory, recall and organisation of language and expression. Find out more about Makaton here.

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Libraries

Find a library and opening hours, join the library, renew and reserve items and see what’s on.

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By 4 Years

Information, advice, helpful websites and videos to support your 4 year olds communication skills.

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BBC Tiny Happy People

Tiny Happy People is here to help you develop your child’s language skills. Explore our simple activities and play ideas and find out about babies and toddlers’ amazing early development.

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Let's get chatting

Lots of advice and tips to help your child get ready for chatting.

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Bookstart

Bookstart aims to encourage a love of books, stories and rhymes in children from as young an age as possible. Whether you’re a family wanting to find out what Bookstart can offer you, or an early years partner involved in delivering Bookstart, you’ll find all the information you need right here.

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Bookstart Family Hub

Here you’ll find hints and tips on how you can have fun sharing stories with your child, more information about BookTrust’s Early Years offers, and further activities and book recommendations to continue your reading adventure.

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Children and Family Health Devon resources

Children and Family Health Devon have a number of toolkits (concentrating & listening, play, understanding words, using words and sentences, sensory processing, sounds and speech, social and emotional development, stammering) to help support you and your child.

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Oral health

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Teeth brushing

From brushing their first tooth to their first trip to the dentist, here’s how to take care of your children’s teeth.

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Teeth grinding in children

Teeth grinding (also called bruxism) is often related to stress or anxiety. There are things you can do to help and treatments available from a dentist or GP. Find out more from this NHS website

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Habits for healthy teeth

Ideally little ones should visit the dentist by aged one – then visit every six months or as advised by your dentist. If your child hasn’t visited the dentist yet, then make an appointment as soon as you can. If you do not have an NHS dentist you can find out how to register here.

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Choosing a Toothbrush

Toddlers Use a small headed, soft bristled toothbrush.

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Toothpaste

The most important thing to think about when choosing toothpaste is that it contains fluoride. This is written on the back of the tube or box.

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Healthy eating and teeth

It is important that children are helped to make tooth friendly choices;

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Reduce the risk of tooth decay

There are a few easy things you can do to help protect your child’s teeth and gums and reduce the risk of tooth decay.

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Sugar

Quite simply, too much sugar is the main culprit of tooth decay. Some foods naturally have a high amount of sugar in them. The sugars that are in unsweetened fruit juices, honey and syrups and the sugars that are added to food and drinks are sometimes called ‘free sugars’. Children aged 4-6 should not have more than 19g per day.

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Healthy lifestyles

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Nutrition and being active

Information on eating healthily for the whole family, the benefits of healthy diets, feeding and eating habits, and managing difficulties with these. Links to local and national supporting videos, information, advice, and support groups.

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Easy ways to eat well and move more

Healthier Families is an excellent source of easy and fun methods to help children and families make healthy choices and be more active.

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Foodswaps

These simple food swap ideas can help cut down on sugar, salt and fat in your and your family’s diet, plus discover easy ways to make a swap when you next shop.

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Starting school in September

Getting ready to start school

Starting school can be a positive experience for everyone. The more familiar children are with their new school or nursery, the quicker they will settle in. As parents, you are your child’s first teacher. Here’s a quick and easy guide to help prepare your child for starting school.Chat: Help me to see myself as a talker who let’s adults know my ideas and when I need somethingPlay: help me to understand playing is fun with others when you share the toys and your ideasRead: look at books that I like with me and talk about the pictures ( it’s OK if it’s the same book again and again)Get to know your child’s new schoolYou can help to prepare your child to start school by:

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How to get your child ready to start school

Starting school can be a positive experience for everyone. The more familiar children are with their new school or nursery, the quicker they will settle in. As parents, you are your child’s first teacher. Here’s a quick and easy guide to help prepare your child for starting school. For more information and advice including information in other languages click here 

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Feelings and emotions around starting school

it is okay to feel uncertain, anxious or worried and that sharing these feelings and working things out together will help. Books such as Ruby’s Worry and Ravi’s Roar by Tom Percival, can help children to recognise the different emotions that they may be feeling and help them to articulate these emotions.

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Let's get chatting

Lots of advice and tips to help your child get ready for chatting.

Eczema Outreach Support

Eczema Outreach Support is a charity to support children and young people with eczema. We help children and young people aged 0-17 with eczema to thrive and support their parents or carers. Our service is completely free!

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Eczema and starting school

Preparation and forward planning are essential before your child starts school. Eczema is a common condition, so staff at your child’s school will have some awareness of it. However, even if they’ve come across another child with eczema, their experience may differ from your child’s individual eczema needs, as eczema is not a one-size-fits-all condition. Find out more here 

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