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Say hello to your new baby

Talking to your baby from day one will help the two of you get to know each other, and gives your child a great start in life. Babies just a few minutes old, if content and alert will seek out faces and look at them…

Apply for a school place

To apply for a school place, change an existing school place, find your catchment area or see the school admissions policies please see the Southampton City Council School Admissions information.

Play in group settings

This page provides information about general resources that you might find useful to have in your childcare setting when caring for children or young people. Basic Play Equipment When setting up a childcare provision it is important to have an idea of the core equipment…

What is Global Developmental Delay?

Global Developmental Delay is the general term used to describe the condition in which children are significantly delayed in all areas of development. Babies and children usually develop certain skills and abilities in a fairly predictable order and at fairly predictable ages. Whilst all children…

Legal Definition of SEN

The Children & Families Act 2014 defines Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) in the following way A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her…

Working in a pre-school

Traditionally pre-schools work with children in the 2-5 year age range during term time only (approximately 33-40 weeks per year). Sessions are usually held in the morning or afternoon for approximately 3 hours. Over the past few years this has slowly changed and now many pre-schools are…

School term dates

Term and holiday dates for Southampton maintained and voluntary controlled schools are available from the school term dates page. Other schools may set their own dates.  

Blended Childcare

What is Blended Childcare? Early years providers working in partnership to provide the childcare for a child. For example, this could be: A childminder and a pre-school. Two pre-schools. A day nursery and a pre-school. An out of school /holiday provider and a pre-school.  The…

Criminal Record (DBS) Checks for Childminders and Childcare Workers

Guidance from Ofsted has been issued regarding how to get a DBS check if you want to look after children for a living: who needs a check, what it costs and how long it takes.  

What is ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural disorder which makes children hyperactive, impulsive and inattentive. Common symptoms of ADHD include: A short attention span or being easily distracted Restlessness, constant fidgeting or over-activity Being impulsive All children can behave in this way at times,…

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