Resources for parents

A handy list of resources, videos, useful links and other items to help you give your child the best possible start in life.

Common childhood illnesses & well-being (Children aged 0 – 4)

Including information about a child’s first few months, childhood illnesses (e.g. fever, constipation, allergies), more serious illnesses (e.g asthma and chickenpox) and general welfare.

Common Childhood Illnesses

Top tips from the Institute of Health Visitors

With guides on: Moving from pregnancy to the first few weeks; Breastfeeding; Mental Health; Healthy Nutrition; Minor Illness and Reducing Accidents ; Health and Development of your toddler.

A Guide to Your Healthy Pregnancy and the First Months

An excellent, easy-to-read guide from NHS Mid-Essex CCG.


Useful websites:

Speech and Language:

EPUT Speech and Language Therapy
I Can – Children’s Communication Charity helping children develop the speech, language and communication skills they need to thrive in a 21st century world


The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers
The Breastfeeding Network
La Leche League GB
The Multiple Births Foundation
The National Childbirth Trust
Start4Life – With a dedicated section on breastfeeding
The Breasfeeding Companion – Video tutorials at different stages of babies’ development
UNICEF – Support for parents from UNICEF’s Baby Friendly Initiative

Diet and Nutrition:

First Steps Nutrition  Information and resources to support eating well from pre­-conception to five years, including evidence-based information about formula milks.
Dental Check By One – The British Society of Paediatric Dentistry’s campaign to ensure that young children in their care are taken to see a dentist as soon as their first teeth come through, and before their first birthday.
Start For Life (part of Change4Life) – Sign up for weekly pregnancy, baby and toddler information to give your baby the best start in life. Details on breastfeeding, immunisations
Healthy Start – Sign up for free vitamins and weekly vouchers to spend on milk, fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables and infant formula for eligible pregnant mother and children to the age of four. Ask your Midwife and Health Visitor for more information.
Infant and Toddler Forum – Helpful tips and factsheets on healthy eating during pregnancy, portion sizes for complimentary feeding and tips on fussy eating.