The First Five Years

50 things to do before you're 5

This is a FREE app and website that helps support the early development of children from 0-5 to build skills and language which supports brain development. To find out more:

Free Childcare Entitlement

To find out more about Tax Free Childcare, Early Years Free Childcare Entitlement, and 30 Hours Free childcare visit the link below.

You can search the Family Services Directory (Wakefield Council – Childcare Search – Enquiry) for a list of childcare providers in your area. You can also contact the Family Information Service, Early Years: phone 0800 687 8042 or email

All childcare providers also offer places for children with a Special Educational Needs and Disability.

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Joining your local library is free and you can access picture books, board books, story books, talking books, and more you and your child. There are also free fun sessions for under 5s with stories, songs, and rhymes. To find out more, visit: Library events – Wakefield Council

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Register your child up to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and get a FREE BOOK every month until their 4th birthday. For more information or to register visit: Dolly Parton Imagination Library – Spectrum Community Health CIC (

Bookstart baby pack

Bookstart provides free packs of books for every baby in the UK, to inspire and create a love of reading that will give children a flying start in life.

The Bookstart Baby pack contains everything you need to get started sharing stories, rhymes and songs with your baby and is gifted by your health visitor at around 6-9 months or pick up a pack at your local Family Hub.

Find out more, visit Bookstart – Wakefield Council

Family Hubs

Family Hubs offer local support to parents and carers. If you need help you can just walk-in, email, or call to access support for the whole family.

Click here to find your local Family Hub. Our What’s On guides will tell you what is on offer at your local Family Hub.