Parents

Becoming a parent

Parent's guide to money

The Money Advice Service have created a parent's guide to money to help you prepare for your new arrival and make the most of your money.

Looking for childcare

If you are looking for childcare you can search online to find good quality childcare providers in Salford.

Paying for childcare

The government is introducing new ways to help parents with childcare costs. Whether you have toddlers or teens, you could get some sort of support, including 30 hours free childcare and tax-free childcare. You can check all the help that is on offer from Childcare Choices.

Find out about free childcare.

Grandparents – did you know if you look after your grandchildren to allow parents to go back to work, you could also be eligible to receive national insurance (NI) credits to compensate you for your time? This is called specified adult childcare credits. For every year you don't claim NI credits, you could lose £231 per year from your state pension.

Free school meals

Find out everything you need to know about free school meals.

Parenting support

We can support anyone looking for information, advice and guidance, whether you're a mum, dad, prospective parent, grandparent, carer or you have parental responsibility for a child.

If you are a parent or carer with a disabled child you can find useful information from contact a family.

Some useful links

Family Lives provides parenting help and support.

Parenting UK provides parenting support and information.

Fathers

Fathers play an important role in their children's lives, and what children need most from them is time shared together and for them to be positive role models. 

Salford's Sure Start Children's Centres are running a number of dads' groups on Saturday mornings.

Fathers are also entitled to paternity leave when their child is born and more useful information can be found on the Fatherhood institute website and on DAD.info.

Grandparents

Across Salford grandparents are playing an increasing role in supporting parents and children with the challenges of family life. Grandparents can access a free guide offering advice to families caring for children and young people. The guide, by Grandparents Plus, covers areas such as the pressures a new baby can bring; acting as both a friend and a grandparent to teenagers and dealing with crisis times. You can download a copy below.

Proud Grandparents

The Proud Grandparents website is where you can get expert advice of being a grandparent and sign up for their monthly newsletter.

The Grandparents' Association

The Grandparents' Association provides an advice and information line, welfare benefits advice, fact sheets, support groups and mediation. 

Keeping Children Healthy

Search Change4Life to discover a whole range of ideas to help keep your family healthy.

This page was last updated on 2 August 2017

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