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Information for parents of teenagers

Being a parent can be the most rewarding job in the world, but at times may feel like it's the most difficult. When your child becomes a teenager, it can be normal for them to begin to challenge you as a parent in different ways.…

Is my child a worrier? - a guide for 0-5 year olds

Just like adults, children and young people feel worried at times. But if a child's worries is starting to affect their wellbeing, they may need some help to overcome it.

Is my child anxious? A self help guide for parents

Anxiety is a normal human emotion felt by everybody; it is a feeling of fear or panic experienced by most people in reaction to stressful circumstances. Everybody has a natural built-in stress reaction – ‘Fight, Flight or Freeze’. We can experience this response when we…

Legal requirements for staff to child ratio's

Day nurseries and pre-schools must have a staff to child ratio of; 1:8 for children aged 3 to 5 1:4 for children aged 2 to 3  1:3 for children under 2 years Childminders can care for a maximum of 6 children under 8 years old. Of…

Leisure Centres

There are a number of leisure centres in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, providing a range of sports, social and fitness activities.  Please see Leisure Centres within the directory or alternatively click on the links below: Leisure Centres in Bournemouth Leisure Centres in Christchurch Leisure Centres…

Maternity and Paternity Pay and Leave

When you take time off to have a baby you may be eligible for Maternity & Paternity Pay and Leave. There are ante-natal classes listed on our Children’s Centre pages and the NHS have a useful Pregnancy and Baby Guide, to help you prepare. 

The NHS, Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group and Public Health

People may think the NHS is one organisation responsible for providing health care for everyone in the UK.  In fact, the NHS is made up of lots of different organisations working together to ensure patients’ health needs are met.  The sections below contain further information. 

Out of School Clubs

Out of School Club is the term used to describe an Ofsted registered sessional activity that takes place outside school hours or during school holidays for children aged 5 to 14. It includes breakfast clubs, after school clubs and holiday schemes. Some privately run clubs…

Outdoor Play

The play equipment in these play areas are manufactured and installed to comply with safety standards current at the time of installation and all items of equipment are provided with a safer surface where required. The play equipment and the immediate surrounding areas are inspected on a regular…

Parental Conflict - information and support

Conflict is a normal part of any parent relationship. It only starts to become a problem when the conflict is frequent, intense and not resolved well. Latest research tells us that conflict of this type can harm children’s outcomes. evidence shows reducing conflict between parents…