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 click the following link: 50 Things to Do | Wakefield

Early Learning and Development - Little Moments

Every interaction is a chance to build your child’s brain. Anytime, anywhere, at home or out and about, it all adds up. Learn more about the impact you can have at Start for Life.

Visit for tips and advice on boosting your child’s development.

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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Information for dads


As a new dad, it’s common to feel excited but also left out, unsure or overwhelmed. The DadPad provides you with the practical skills and information that you need during pregnancy, around birth and beyond. To find out more visit

Homestart -Dad Matters

Dad Matters support dads from pregnancy to age 5 with bonding, helping your baby’s brain development and your mental health. A Dad’s Coordinator can provide you with bespoke support. Call 01924 251205.

More information for dads is available on the Children’s Health Services app:


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.

Stay and Play for Twins and Multiples

Homestart offer a Twins and Multiples Group in Sharlston. Find out more:

New Growing Healthy 0-19 Service App

The Wakefield 0-19 Service have launched a new app. The app provides information including videos on a wide range of topics:

  • infant feeding
  • diet and nutrition
  • child development
  • perinatal, infant and child emotional health
  • making sure your child is ready for school