Useful Links

FREE parenting guides from Surrey County Council

Universal support for parents: If parents are unable to attend courses such as Family Centre run Parenting Puzzle, but would like support information, they can access our free online parenting guides that include top tips from childcare, education and NHS health experts. You can briefly see the topics outlined here Register for free online guides for families – Surrey County Council ( and you can register via Online Learning ( This is FREE for Surrey parents by using the code ACORN when asked.

Covid 19

With the considerable coverage and information in the press about COVID 19 please find below links which will provide information not only for us all as individuals but also the guidance currently issued for all education settings.

NHS Advice:

Covid 19 information for the public:

Guidance for educational settings:

If your child is unwell (advice from Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health)

Whilst coronavirus is infectious to children it is rarely serious. If your child is unwell it is likely to be a non-coronavirus illness, rather than coronavirus itself. Whilst it is extremely important to follow Government advice, it can be confusing to know what to do when your child is unwell or injured. Remember that NHS 111, GPs and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done. Here is some advice to help.


Operation Encompass

The St Mary’s Pre-School has joined the Operation Encompass scheme which runs jointly between local early years settings, schools, Surrey Police and Surrey County Council. The scheme ensures early reporting of domestic incidents which have taken place outside of school hours and may impact the child when at their setting. For more information on Operation Encompass please click on the click above.

Prevent – parent advice

Click on the link above to access information for parents and guardians on the signs of online radicalisation and what actions you can take it you are concerned.


Information about rhymes and stories can be found at

Make Time 2 Play

As advertised on TV, this site provides ideas for things to make and do, sheets to print and also explains the importance of play.

Family Information Service

Surrey County Council information for families with children from 0-19 years.

Family Learning Courses

Surrey County Council courses for families.

Surrey Schools Information

Surrey County Council schools information including admissions policy, transport, meals, term dates.

Getting Ready For School

Surrey County Council information for families about starting primary or infant school.

NCT National Childbirth Trust

The UK’s largest charity for parents. Information on pregnancy, birth, parenting, plus courses, local branches and helplines.

Free Early Education Two Year Olds (FEET)

Information including who is eligible and how to apply for FEET funding.

Talk To Your Baby

Information and support to encourage Early Years practitioners to talk more to children from birth to age 3. They have a separate website for parents

Five To Thrive

The Five To Thrive Approach talks about the importance of the behaviour of parents in the first three years of a child’s life and central to the approach are the activities of Respond, Cuddle, Relax, Play, and Talk.

Families In The Foundation Years

Information for families with children under the age of 5. Lots of information for the various stages from preparing for parenthood to joining reception class.

The Communication Trust

The Communication Trust is a coalition of over 50 not-for-profit organisations. Working together they support everyone who works with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication.



The following You Tube clip helps children understand their brains and their emotions:

This next clip gives advice on how to support children to manage conflict with other children:




Change4Life is an NHS website with lots of information about healthy living including physical exercise, height and weight of children, dietary information, dinner recipes and healthier lunch box ideas. Click here to view and explore the website:

There are lots of hints and tips for healthier lunch boxes, click here:

The website shows how you can swap from items such as high-sugar juice drinks, cake bars, and split pot yoghurts to healthier alternatives. There are tips on how to make your lunchbox choices healthier as well as new lunch recipes to try.

The website can also help with choosing healthier snacks for children.

To understand nutrition in more detail, The NHS Eatwell Guide provides information on the different food groups, plus lots of advice and more recipes. Click here to view:

Click here to view an Eatwell Guide to heathy eating at Pre-School.

We hope you’ll find these websites useful.

Preschool Healthy Eating

Healthy eating information for preschoolers including healthy lunches and looking after teeth.

Vitamin D

How to get enough Vitamin D.


How to get enough Calcium.

Choking hazards

Information on choking hazards for preschoolers.

Getting the right help for your child (999?, 111?)

A guide showing when to call 999, when to call 111 and when to continue providing care at home.

When should I worry?

A guide to coughs, colds, earache and sore throats which we have received as part of an information update from Surrey.

NHS – Why vaccination is safe and important

Please click on the link above to an NHS page about the importance of vaccinations.

Immunisations – NHS Factsheet

In light of the resurgence of some dangerous childhood diseases affecting both children and vulnerable adults (low immune system, pregnancy etc), please click on the link above to an NHS information sheet on childhood immunisations.

Potty Training

A booklet offering advice on potty training.

Bath Safety

Public Health England has issued an urgent alert on bath safety, and especially the use of bath seats.

Head Injury Leaflet

Advice on how to deal with a head injury including a traffic light warning system.

Preventing Child Accidents

Advice on how to prevent child accidents.

Online Safety

A guide to online safety for parents of early years children.

Screen Time Guidelines

NHS advice on how much screen time is appropriate for 0-5 year olds.