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Healthy Start

What is Healthy Start? With Healthy Start, you get free vouchers every week to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins. Pregnant or have children under the age of four? You could qualify…

Help your baby enjoy new foods

Once your baby is eating solids, it's important to give them a wide variety of foods from the 4 main food groups: fruit and vegetables starchy carbohydrates dairy pulses, meat and other proteins Getting your baby used to eating a variety of foods from the…

Help Your Child Be Ready For School

In Wigan, we believe all children should feel happy, cared for, safe and ready to learn. Children are individuals, and all develop at their own pace, but as a Parent or Carer you are their greatest teacher and role model. Here’s how… To prepare them…

Home Fire Safety

It is important to protect your family and property from the risk of fire. By fitting smoke alarms and testing them regularly you could give yourself vital seconds to be able to get everyone out of a house in case of a fire. Remember if…

How do I apply for the extended 3-4 year old 30 hour entitlement?

Update July 2020  -  Temporary changes have been made to the eligibility criteria for Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours free childcare, during coronavirus. The changes may affect you if you, or someone you live with, are: on furlough not able to work or you’re working…

How much sleep do children need?

Below are the approximate hours of sleep needed by children of different ages, as recommended by the Millpond Children's Sleep Clinic. 1 week daytime: 8 hours  night time: 8 hours 30 minutes 4 weeks daytime: 6 to 7 hours night time: 8 to 9 hours 3 months  daytime:…

How to access your 30 hour and Tax-Free Childcare account with HMRC

Whether you have applied for 30 hours free childcare, a Tax-Free Childcare account or both with HMRC you will need access to your account from time to time. This could be to view your 30 hour, 11 digit eligibility code or to read a secure…

How to become a childminder

Information on how to become a childminder or how to start working in childcare can be found on the following link http://www.wigan.gov.uk/Resident/Jobs-Careers/Working-in-early-years-and-childcare.aspx    

How to look after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak

The Mental Health Foundation is part of the national mental health response during the coronavirus outbreak. Government advice designed to keep us safe is under constant review and will be different depending on where you live. Please visit the website for further information and advice.…

Hungry Little Minds

Everyday moments can be used to boost your child’s learning, and they are interested in all sorts of things. The Hungry Little Minds campaign provides lots of simple tips and activities that you can slot into your routine and that children love: • Children will…
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