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Child Care
Child Safety
Child Support
Disabled Parents/Children
Parenting: General Links
Support Groups

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Child Care

Childcare Careers
Information for anyone interested in working in childcare

Childcare Link
Postcode search for childcare facilities in your area, includes holiday activities, helpful agencies, job vacancies and training opportunities in childcare, special needs support and further information on many aspects of childcare

Child Works
Runs holiday clubs for 8-14 year olds and online job-shop for people interested in working in childcare

Day Care Trust
Advice and information on many aspects of childcare and how to find suitable childcare

London Play
Voluntary organisation co-ordinating out of school play services for children across the capital

Make Space
Organisation campaigning for more out of school provision for young people

National Childminding Association
Information on registered childminders including how to find a childminder and how to become a childminder

National Day Nurseries Association
Includes a searchable database of membership nurseries, advice on choosing a nursery and information on working in childcare

Office for Standards in Education
Ofsted regularly inspect childcare providers including nurseries, playgroups, registered childminders and schools. Click here for further information and access to recent inspection reports

Playgroup Network
National network of playgroups, parent and toddler groups, toy libraries, nurseries and childminding groups, aimed at professionals the site contains some useful links

Pre-School Learning Alliance
Membership organisation for pre-schools in the UK, campaigning for adequate childcare provision for pre-school children in the UK

Recruitment Child Care Site
Search for a nanny online or place a free advertisement for your nanny

The Good Schools Directory
Useful for parents searching for information on schools in their local area

Women Returners' Network
Information and advice for women who are thinking of returning to work. See also our section Returning to Work

Working and Child Tax Credits
Find out whether you qualify for Tax Credits, including help with the cost of childcare

Working Families
Support for families with working parents


Child Safety

Anti Bullying
Information on bullying and how to get help, mainly for children and parents in Scotland

Bullying Online
Information and advice on all aspects of bullying

Churches Child Protection
Christian organisation concerned with the protection of children, helping churches and other organisations adopt safe practices

Practical advice on keeping your child safe and protection from abuse, includes advice on bullying

Dedicated to the protecton and prevention of cruelty to children

Think You Know
Advice on using the Internet safely for children, parents and carers


Child Support and Maintenance

Child Poverty Action Group
A campaigning group working to alleviate child poverty, ensure families get their fill entitlement to state benefit, provides information, advice research and up to date news on legislation, seeks change through test cases and lobbying.

Child Support Agency
Advice for claimants and details of how to get a claim form. The rules for Child Support have now changed with a maximum of 15% of net income for one child, 20% for two and 25% for three children payable. Use the online maintenance calculator and check for the latest developments. See also the Northern Ireland Child Support Agency.

Child Support Analysis
Information, advice and analysis on the UK Child Support system, useful insight into the workings of the Child Support Agency.

Children's Tax Credit
Includes information on help with child care costs and tax credits for working parents

Independent Case Examiner
Investigates complaints of maladministration against the Child Support Agency and the Northern Ireland Social Security Agency.

National Association for Child Support Action (NACSA)
Promotes advice, support and information for people affected by the Child Support Acts.

Parliamentary Ombudsman
Deals with complaints against Government agencies and departments. You may also wish to contact your local Member of Parliament to assist you in your case.

Department for Work and Pensions
Information on benefits for families and children, including child support


Disabled Parents/Children

After 16
Options for children with disabilities once they reach 16 years of age

Contact a Family
Help for families with disabled children

Family Fund
Offers financial grants and information for families with severley disabled or seriously ill children

Learning Disability Charity

National Children's Deaf Society

Advice and information for anyone disabled people and the parents of disabled children

National Association for the Blind

National Association for the Deaf

Disability organisation offering help and advice on cerebral palsy

Talking Point
Speech, language and communication difficulties in children



Access Art
Online Art Workshops for Children

Aim Higher
Find out more about university, entry requirements and courses

BBC Revision
Revision help for school children including GCSE Bitesize

Book Trust
Information about books for children and encouraging them to read

Channel 4 Learning
Channel 4 Learning includes subject and age search for help with your leaning and homework

Dads & Sons
Help for Dads so that they get more involved in their child's education

Digger and the Gang
Based on the national curriculum for primary school children

GCSE Online Help

Granada Learning
Educational software, suppliers of National Curriculum computer software

Website supporting Literacy and Numeracy, with activities, games and quizzes

Numeracy website to help children with interactive games to make maths learning fun

National Association for Gifted Children

National Literary Trust
Aims to improve the literacy of the nation, help for adults and children

Network 81
National network of parents whose children have special educational needs

Parent Centre
DfES site aimed at helping parents to help their children learn

Help with exam revision for school children

Science Museum
Learning about science in a fun and interactive way

Show Me
Interactive website bringing science to life

Spelling Help
For parents concerned about their children's spelling


General Parenting Issues

National Family and Parenting Institute
Charity campaigning for a more child friendly society

Fathers Direct
Website for fathers by fathers

Mums Net
Product reviews and parenting advice for parents by parents
Website by parents for parents, aimed mainly at those with children in their primary years

National charity that works for and with parents, offering helpline advice and workshops

Raising Kids
Information and advice for parents

Sure Start
Government programme aimed at a sure start for all children by bringing together child care services, early education and family and health support

UK Parents
Covers all aspects of parenting including advice and information on parenting issues and up to date research on issues and points of law affecting parents


Support Groups

Aquila Care Trust
The Aquila Care Trust offers support through local self-help groups to people who are divorced or separated and to single parents

Big Brothers and Sisters
Provides adult volunteer mentors to children from lone parent families aged 6-16

A support organisation for lone parents and their families with local groups throughout the UK, offers advice and information to single parents and organises social events for single parent families

Voluntary organisation working through local networks to offer practical support, friendship and assistance to parents who are experiencing difficulties and have at least one child under five years of age

National Council for the Divorced and Separated
Run by volunteers, organises social events and support for divorced and separated people throughout the UK

National Council for One Parent Families
Runs an information service for lone parents and campaigns and lobbies on single parent issues

One Parent Family Holidays
A non-profit organisation providing single parent holidays

One Parent Families Scotland
One Parent Family support in Scotland

Single Parent Travel Club
Shared holidays for single parents and non-resident parents with contact

Small Families
Specialises in holidays for single parents, each person is met at the airport and introduced to the group before bording the plane and children are encouraged to make friends to ensure the parent has a stress free holiday

Splitz Parenting Alone Support Service
Provides support services to people who are "parenting alone" and experiencing a crisis or a difficult time

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