Starting school marks the beginning of a more independent life for your child, and a new range of issues for parents and carers… friendship ups and downs, getting in trouble, learning difficulties, bullying, to name a few.
Your family or friends are an essential source of advice, however there are also many organisations and useful websites geared up to help parents. We've grouped these into topics - click on the topic headings below.
Some good general sources of information and advice for parents of school age children.
Emotional problems. Dealing with bullying. Autism. Eating disorders and substance misuse.
After school care and childminders. Paying for childcare, including financial help through your employer.
First aid for children. Preventing accidents in the home and leaving your child on their own. Online safety including social networking. Road safety.
Practical advice on caring for a child with a disability. Additional support needs. Wheelchair accessible places to go. Challenging behaviour.
Starting school. Supporting your child's learning. Additional support needs. Moving to high school.
Dental care. Healthy eating. Allergies, asthma and eczema. Serious health problems. Mental health problems.
Family relationships and family break-up. Talking about growing up, puberty, sex and relationships.
Ideas of activities to keep your kids busy both in and out of doors, including low cost family days out and accessible places to go.