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4Children works with government, local authorities, children’s service providers, and children and parents to ensure joined up support for all children and young people aged 0-19 in their local community.

Action for Children

Action for Children supports and speaks out for the UK’s most vulnerable and neglected children and young people, for as long as it takes to make a difference in their lives.

Ambitious About Autism

Ambitious about Autism is one of the UK’s leading autism campaign organisations. We work to improve the services available for children and young people with autism and increase awareness and understanding of the condition. We’re also committed to influencing policy to ensure it meets the needs of people with autism.

Association of Professionals in Education and Children’s Trusts

ASPECT is the professional association and trade union representing 4,000 professionals working in children’s services. These professionals play a vital role in shaping and influencing the lives of millions of children and young people. 

Association for Nutrition

Find nutrition support and advice with a nutritionist registered with the Association for Nutrition.

Baby Clubs

Offers advice and information to young mothers about Baby Clubs. All kinds of baby products, including essentials like nappies, wipes and baby food can also be obtained for free.


Barnardo’s is a leading children’s charity. We run over 400 projects across the UK that transform the lives of children and young people.


Bounty is a parenting club which has been supporting mums for over 50 years, providing everything you could possibly need to know about pregnancy and parenthood.

British Association for Adoption and Fostering

2010 was our 30th year of supporting, advising and campaigning for better outcomes for children in care. We work with everyone involved with adoption and fostering across the UK.

Centre for Literacy in Primary Education

Now in its 40th year, CLPE is passionate about raising children’s literacy and learning achievement. Our innovative classroom-based research and development strengthens our support for your school or setting.

Centre for Separated Families

The Centre for Separated Families is a national charity that works with everyone affected by family separation in order to bring about better outcomes for children.  

Counselling Directory

Counselling Directory provides a huge support network of counsellors, enabling visitors to find a counsellor close to them and appropriate for their needs. 

Child Poverty Action Group

The Child Poverty Action Group campaigns for the abolition of child poverty in the UK and for a better deal for low-income families and children. 

Centre for Research in Early Childhood

CREC specialises in early childhood research which has relevant and meaningful outcomes for practice and policy. Some of its research is transformed into training and development programmes designed for the specific needs of the early years sector.

The Childminding Cafe

The Childminding Café is a new website created by a former Ofsted registered and Outstanding graded childminder, it helps childminders to manage their business with downloadable resources, coaching and business inspiration. There is a small annual membership fee, however non-members can access free resources and newsletters. 

Children England

We are a leading membership organisation for the children, young people and families voluntary sector. Our mission is to create a fairer world for children, young people and families by championing the voluntary organisations which work on their behalf.

Children’s Commissioner

Promoting the views and best interests of children and young people in England 

Children’s Rights Alliance for England

CRAE protects the human rights of children by lobbying government and others who hold power, by bringing or supporting test cases and by using regional and international human rights mechanisms. We provide free legal information and advice, raise awareness of children’s human rights, and undertake research about children’s access to their rights.

Children’s University

The Children’s University is a national organisation that provides 7 to 14 year olds with exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours.

CLIC Sargent

Every day 10 families are told their child has cancer. As a leading children’s cancer charity, CLIC Sargent offers them all round care and support.

The Communication Trust

The Communication Trust is a coalition of nearly 50 voluntary and community organisations with expertise in speech, language and communication. We harness our collective expertise to support the children’s workforce and commissioners to meet the speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) of all children and young people, particularly those with SLCN.

Contact a Family

Contact a Family’s mission and purpose is to remove the barriers imposed by society which prevent families with disabled children achieving their full potential, and to empower these families to live the lives they want to lead.


ContinYou is one of the UK’s leading community learning organisations. We believe in the power of learning as a means of achieving social justice. Learning can transform everyone’s life chances, their outlook and their health.

Dad Talk

DadTalk is a community of men championing fatherhood and exploring what it is to be a dad in 21st Century Britain

Daycare Trust

A national childcare charity, campaigning for quality, accessible, affordable childcare for all and raising the voices of children, parents and carers. 


Company offering insurance cover for the childcare and early years sector. With a wealth of resources designed to make your life as a childcare professional as easy as possible.  

Directorate Children and Young People

The Directorate aims to ensure Ministry of Defence processes exist to provide support and safeguarding of all Service children and young people living in the UK and overseas, in line with current legislation; influence Government, National and Local Authorities, and Schools in order to achieve desired outcomes outlined in the Children’s Act 2004. 

Early Education

Early Education promotes the right of all children to education of the highest quality; providing support, advice and information on best practice for everyone concerned with the education and care of young children from birth to eight. 

Early Years Foundation Stage Forum

The EYFS Forum was set up in 2003, to provide support for practitioners and other professionals involved in the Foundation Stage of education. 


Earlyarts is the national network supporting professionals to nurture the amazing creative potential of all young children. Earlyarts Membership is free for online resources, or for a small annual fee, members can benefit personally and professionally from 1-2-1 expert support through training, master classes and leadership coaching. 

Every Disabled Child Matters

Every Disabled Child Matters (EDCM) is a campaign to get rights and justice for every disabled child.

Fair Play for Children

Promoting the Child’s Right to Play since 1973 in the UK and Worldwide according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Family Action

The charity has been a leading provider of services to disadvantaged and socially isolated families since its foundation in 1869

Family and Parenting Institute

The Family and Parenting Institute listens and talks to members of all types of families, allowing the organisation to promote the conditions which enable families and children to thrive. Their research, consultancy services and practical support is used to advise policy makers, public services and businesses. 

Family Lives

Family Lives is a national charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life. They offer a dedicated phone helpline and email service for parents and carers. 

Fatherhood Institute

The Fatherhood Institute aims to change work so fathers can be more available for their children, change education so that boys are better prepared for caring roles and to change support for families so that the father’s role is better recognised and supported. 


Gingerbread provides expert support and advice for single parents

Grandparents Association

The Grandparents’ Association celebrates the joys of grandparenting and runs a specialist helpline offering expert advice.

Grandparents’ Plus

Grandparents Plus is the national charity which champions the vital role of grandparents and the wider family in children’s lives – especially when they take on the caring role in difficult family circumstances. 


Since 1996 Honeypot has been working to enhance the lives of vulnerable children and young carers aged 5-12 years by providing respite breaks and on-going outreach support.


I CAN are the experts in helping children with communication difficulties, unlocking their potential.


The Institute of Health Visiting was launched on the 28th November 2012 to promote excellence in health visiting practice to benefit all children, families and communities.

You can also see the latest news update here.


Kids works directly with disabled children and young people, their siblings, parents and carers and provides training and guidance for professionals working with disabled children and young people.

Little Signers Club

Little Signers Club provides in depth training for Early Years practitioners to include signing at their settings. Signing is a simple but effective way to develop speech and language outcomes for little ones of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Signing babies often become more confident communicators, with accelerated language acquisition, at a younger age. 

London Early Years Foundation

A childcare charity and social enterprise whose ambition is to build a better future for London’s children, families and local communities through a commitment to excellence in Early Years education, training and research. 

London Play

London Play aims for every child in London to have high quality, accessible and inclusive play opportunities. The organisation campaigns for more and improved play spaces and services, and supports playwork in the capital.


The mumsnet website gets nearly 4 million visits per month. The organisation aims to make parents’ lives easier by pooling knowledge, advice and support through message boards and information.

National Day Nurseries Association

NDNA is the national charity and membership association specifically for nurseries. 

National Childminding Association

NCMA is a professional membership organisation which aims to ensure families in every community in England and Wales have access to high quality home-based childcare, play, learning and family support.

National College for School Leadership

The National College for School Leadership works to develop and inspire great leaders of schools, early years settings and children’s services so that they can make a positive difference to children’s lives.

National Deaf Children’s Society

The National Deaf Children’s Society’s mission is to remove the barriers to the achievement of deaf children throughout the world 

National Education Trust

The National Education Trust is a leading education think and do tank which uses its extensive national and international experience to bring about improvements for learners, from the early years onwards

National Portage Association

Portage is a home-visiting educational service for pre-school children with additional support needs and their families.


NCB is a national charity aiming to improve the well-being of children and young people across every aspect of their lives. 


Netmums is a family of local sites that cover the UK, each site offering information to mothers on everything from where to find playgroups and how to eat healthily to where to meet other mothers. 


The NSPCC’s vision is to end cruelty to children in the UK. It campaigns to change the law, provide ChildLine and the NSPCC Helpline, offer advice for adults, and much more. 

One Space

The parenting website for all single parents. Offering a lively online community supported by experience single parenting specialists. Information on parenting alone, life after separation, health and wellbeing, work and training and much more. Confidential 1-2-1 email advice service regarding any CSA, debt or benefit issues and a full database of low cost local events and support organisations all relevant to single parents. 

Open Family Services

The OpenFamilyServices is a national online directory of family services containing information about Ofsted registered Childcare such as Nurseries, Pre-schools, Childminders and Out of School Clubs. 

Parenting UK

Parenting UK is a national membership body for the parenting workforce, promoting parenting support, keeping you informed, sharing best practice and representing your views

Pen Green

Based within one of the country’s largest Children’s Centres, Pen Green provides a unique education and research facility for professional training and higher education courses for everyone involved in early years.

Pre School Learning Alliance

PSLA is a leading early years membership organisation and one of the largest providers of quality childcare in England.


Relate counsellors provide a caring and supportive environment to help you find a way through any difficulties you may be facing, as a couple or a family. 

Relationships Foundation

Studies and promotes the benefits of healthy relationships, and examines how relationships are affected by culture and policy. 


RSCPP is a Therapist Directory listing over 2,000 Therapists across the UK all of which are accredited/chartered or registered and belong to a professional body. 

Save the Children

We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential. 

School Food Trust

The School Food Trust is a national charity and specialist advisor to government on school meals, children’s food and related skills. 


SkillsActive’s role is to create a framework of qualifications, training and continuous professional development based on industry requirements and standards. We ensure that employers can access the right qualifications, based on those national standards that have been designed by employers, ensuring their workforce is appropriately trained and qualified. 


Storycises is about developing physical skills in young children.  The programme develops movement skills presented in a story format for 4-5 year olds. 


An early years organisation for anyone involved with the education and training of those who work with young children. 

The Children’s Society

The Children’s Society aims to create a world where all children and young people are respected, valued and heard.

The Fostering Network

We campaign across the UK to improve foster care for children who are fostered and the families who care for them. 

The British Kodály Academy

The British Kodály Academy is a registered charity working to promote the advancement of British music education, following the teachings of the composer and educator Zoltán Kodály. Kodály’s insights into musical education gave rise to a new approach to musical training from pre-school to diploma level, through singing and practical activity.

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  1. Anna Harvey, November 17, 2011
    Hello Foundation Years I wanted to introduce you to openfamilyservices, which is the national directory of information for parents and families which we have carried on from th DfE Family Information Directory closed last March. The information is provided by Local Authority Family Information services, and includes registered childcare, and can be search by location and keyword. Could you put a link to us ( on your "Useful Links" page, can send a logo if that would be useful. If there are other ways we might cooperate we'd love to hear from you Best regards Anna 01491 651023
  2. Vicki Lant and Sue Webster, March 24, 2012
    Hello - we would like to introduce Children's Centre Leader Reader ( to your Useful Links page. It is a focus for Children's Centre Leaders to share their reading and practice in the best interests of children and families. It has national support and a growing readership of followers!
  3. Peter Fishpool, July 16, 2012
    I have been recommended to look at a new secion People and Communities with the area Undrstanding the World but teh search engine here is not finding if for me!

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