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Working in childcare

There are a wide range of jobs available in early years, childcare, and playwork where you can make a real difference to children and their future development. You do not necessarily need a qualification to start working with children. If you have the right skills…

Worried about your teenager?

It can be difficult for parents to tell whether their teenagers are just "being teens" or whether there is something more serious going on. Many of the symptoms listed below can often be attributed to normal teenage behaviour. However, if you're worried, it can be helpful…

You and your body just after birth

The first few days with your new baby can be a very emotional time for you and your partner. There's a lot to learn and do as new parents. There is the excitement of getting to know your baby, but you will also be tired,…

Your adopted child's health needs

Children adopted from care will have experienced trauma and loss, even if they were adopted shortly after birth. Some may have additional needs resulting from physical, mental or emotional problems or disabilities. When a possible match is suggested with you and a child, this is…

Your baby's first solid foods

When to start introducing solid foods Introducing your baby to solid foods - sometimes called weaning or complementary feeding - should start when your baby is around six months old. It's a really important step in their development, and it can be great fun to explore new flavours and textures…

Your baby's health and development reviews

You will be offered regular health and development reviews (health visitor checks) for your baby until they are two. These are to support you and your baby, and make sure their development is on track. The reviews are usually done by your health visitor or…

Your baby's weight and height

Steady weight gain is one of the signs that your baby is healthy and feeding well. It's normal for babies to lose some weight in the first few days after birth. Your baby will be weighed during their first two weeks to make sure they're…

Your birth plan

Why make a birth plan? A birth plan is a record of what you would like to happen during your labour and after the birth. You don't have to create a birth plan, but if you would like one your midwife will be able to help.…

Your care after discharge from hospital

If you go into hospital, you may be worried about whether you'll cope when you leave. You shouldn't be discharged from hospital until: You are medically fit (this can only be decided by the consultant or someone the consultant has said can make the decision…

Your medicine cabinet

Be prepared for common ailments by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home. This list, recommended by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, will help you deal with most minor ailments. Pain relief Antihistamines Oral rehydration salts Anti-diarrhoea tablets Indigestion treatment Sunscreen Your first aid kit Medicine…