Find help & resources
A range of organisations around the UK provide help and support to parents, carers and families, so if you’re in doubt, reach out.
Mental health support
Get support for your own mental health - call the Mind helpline (0300 123 3393) or text “Shout” to 85258 if you feel that you are in crisis.
Develop a pregnancy and post birth wellbeing plan through Tommy’s.
Get support from the Association for Post Natal Illness.
Get support if you have experienced adversity in your own childhood here.
Advice for parents
Get support during pregnancy - download the Baby Buddy App.
Get support and advice if you are parenting alone through Gingerbread.
Get support as a parent or carer of a child with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) here.
Get support for you and your partner as a couple through Relate.
Resources for Parents
Sometimes the quantity of information out there can seem overwhelming, so we’ve pulled together some of the websites and organisations which provide a great starting point for support and guidance to support your child in their early years:
What the NHS provides:
Learning & Development:
Tiny Happy People provides simple activities and play ideas to support young children’s communication and language skills.
Create some Big Little Moments with your child to help them grow and learn every day.
The Association of Infant Mental Health has created a number of short videos to help you get to know your baby and how to communicate and bond with them.
The NSPCC provides tips and advice to support your child’s early development Look, Say, Sing, Play - Brain-building tips | NSPCC
Learn more about how to support your child to regulate their emotions and manage stress with Parenting for the Brain
If you’re keen to keep learning, the links below provide more information on many of the topics that we have covered on our website. On clicking the link you will be redirected to a relevant article or section within another charity’s or research institution’s website.
Positive protective factors and adverse experiences in early childhood - NSPCC
Understanding the impact of trauma from the UK Trauma Council
The importance of attachment for child development from Mentally Healthy Schools
Understanding attachment theory from the NSPCC
The impact of the home learning environment from The National Literacy Trust
Post natal depression and perinatal mental health information from Mind
If you would like to support parents and carers with young children, there are many different volunteering opportunities available, for example:
Family Line supports parents and carers via telephone calls, emails and text messages. FamilyLine Volunteers are the first point of contact for those accessing the service and provide a range of support directly.
Home Start offers a range of support to families including home visiting and digital befriending.
Young Minds Parent Help line volunteers provide support to parents and carers worried about the mental health or emotional wellbeing of a child or young person from the ages of 0-25.
Baby Banks provide essentials, including clothing, equipment and toys, to families with babies and young children in need of help. You can find a local baby bank to support here.
Squirrels is the Scouts programme tailor-made for 4 and 5 year olds. It is designed to help early years children learn essential skills for life and is open to volunteers across the UK.