0 – 5 years old

Raising a child can feel like a roller coaster ride from being new parents and taking care of a baby to the extreme highs and lows of toddlers. Then your child is growing up and on his way to becoming a pre-schooler and developing a mind of his own. Get the support you need as your child reaches each of the milestones.

0 – 4 Safety

Child proofing

Keeping your baby safe at home gets more challenging as he starts crawling. Baby proofing and having a safe environment allows children to explore their surroundings.

National: Keeping Kids Safe 

Accident prevention – health promotion resources

Other: Childproofing checklist by age 

Car Safety

Local: Safety seats and harnesses for children       

National: Child Car Seats: the Law      

Other:   In car safety      

0 – 4 Eating and Nutrition


Both you and your baby benefit from breastfeeding but it can be hard work. Feeding a baby is one of the top concerns parents have.

Local: East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

National: Breastfeeding in England – Baby Friendly Initiative

NHS Breastfeeding Support

Introducing Solid Foods


First Steps Nutrition

Safe Bottle Feeding


First Steps Nutrition

0 – 4 School and Learning

Return to School

All children in all year groups are returning to school full time from 8th March 2021.
Returning to school is vital for children’s education and for their wellbeing. We know that many children and young people are eager to return to school to see their friends, but we completely understand that others will be anxious about going back and being away from their families after spending so long at home.

The benefits of being back in school far outweigh the very low risk from coronavirus. The risk to children themselves of becoming severely ill from coronavirus is very low and children transmit the disease less than adults.

Schools and colleges reopening in East Sussex on 8 March – East Sussex County Council

Explaining about Coronavirus

Children’s guide to Coronavirus 


Finding the right childcare is a big deal. There are lots of different childcare options.

Local:  Help with childcare costs

Countywide: ESCIS

Preparing your child for school

Home-Start support families to improve their home learning environment so their preschool children are ready for school. Trained volunteers offer emotional and practical support while role-modelling how to play and read and with their child, and how to help children meet other developmental milestones.

Starting School

When your child first starts school, it’s a big change in your family life, especially if it is your oldest or youngest child.

Local:  Starting school for the first time (4+)

National: BBC Bitesize

0 – 4 Health and Hygiene

First Aid

The occasional fall or accident is inevitable and emergencies do happen. As a parent it’s important to be prepared.

Local: A-Z Support and services | Eastbourne, Wealden & Lewes
National: British Red Cross 
Other:  St John Ambulance


During the Early Years, whether it’s their first tooth, or their visit to the dentist, a child’s early experiences of oral health can impact on the rest of their lives.

Local: Dentists – NHS England South (South East) – NHS Choices
National:  Children’s teeth – NHS.UK   
Other: Mydentist

0 – 4 Encouraging Positive Behaviour

Sibling Rivalry

While many kids are lucky enough to become the best of friends with their siblings, it’s common for brothers and sisters to fight. (It’s also common for them to swing back and forth between adoring and detesting one other!)

National: Sibling rivalry – Family lives
Other:  Triple P Positive Parenting

Temper Tantrums

Temper tantrums usually start at around 18 months and are very common in toddlers. Hitting and biting are common, too. One reason for this is toddlers want to express themselves, but find it difficult. They feel frustrated, and the frustration comes out as a tantrum.

Local: Understanding and dealing with tantrums
National: Temper Tantrums 
Other: Triple P Parenting

0 – 4 Physical Development

Tummy time

Your infant spends the majority of his time on his back. Turning him over onto his stomach helps build the muscles in his neck, arms, shoulders, back, and stomach.

Local: Your baby’s development – Physical Stages
National: Your pregnancy and baby guide
Other:  NHS Baby Moves

0 – 4 Child Development


Getting your baby to sleep through the night is every parent’s goal.

National:  Start4life

Lullaby Trust

Local: For local support please contact your Health Visitor

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Parents Advice

and locally parents should contact their Health Visitor as they can then refer them for sleep support from a member of their team.

0 – 4 Parenting with Additional Challenges

Adoption and Fostering

Foster and Adopted children are vulnerable and can be challenging, with the right support they can have fulfilling, positive lives.

Local: Adoption, fostering and residential care

We’re continually updating this website in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with a list of helpful links for parents.