Family Learning for Under 5’s

Whether you’re a new mum or not, we all look for some guidance at times, especially when it comes to our children.

So we’ve put together a short list of useful sites to support you and your young family as they develop and some ideas to help you get them ready for school.

Early Years Alliance – Lincolnshire Hub

Projects include:

  • Delivering the Best Start contract within Lincolnshire County Council’s children’s centres and in some outreach locations. This service has two elements:  the Early Years Service (services for children) and the Skills Development Service (supporting parents into volunteering, adult learning and/or employment)
  • First and Foremost national project — supports speech and language development to narrow gap at age 5 between disadvantaged children and their peers
  • Crèche services.


The Family Learning Team will be working with Early Years Alliance offering ‘Taster’ sessions for parents and carers of children aged 0-7. More details are below and please email  if you would like more information.

Boston and South Holland parents/carers

Lincoln and West Lindsey parents/carers

East Lindsey parents/carers

North Kesteven and South Kesteven parents/carers 



The Early Years Alliance

The Early Years Alliance deliver early year’s sessions and courses in the Children’s Centres and has up-to-date information on bringing up young children. For the last 50 years they have supported around 14,000 Alliance member groups who deliver quality childcare to over 800,000 families every year, through baby and toddler groups, children’s centres, childminders, creches, pre-schools or full daycare in nurseries. The Early Years Alliance work closely with parents and carers to ensure every child’s time at one of it’s members’ childcare service is the best it can be: safe, secure, stimulating and fun




NASEN have produced a downloadable booklet for families with young children who may/may not have special educational needs or disabilities. ‘Time Together with your Toddler‘ has a range of different activities to do at home to fit in with you and your family. Find rhymes to sing and games to play using things you find at home alongside links to websites that help you support your child’s development.



The Hungry Little Minds CampaignThe Hungry Little Minds Campaign is a government site that has short videos and simple activities that are suitable for children from birth-5 year olds.



Cbeebiescbeebies presents a Baby Club from birth -18 months, which are 15-minute programmes, sharing simple play ideas, songs and stories with parents and their babies.



Tots Talking


The Tots Talking app provides films and creative activities designed to increase the understanding of the importance of communication and language skills.




Words for life


The Words for life app helps you understand the steps babies and children need to take in learning to talk and develop their reading skills ready for school. 




Start4LifeStart4Life is a NHS site which offers help and advice during pregnancy, birth and parenthood.  Look for the toddler and weaning recipes and answers to your questions during pregnancy.



Think U KnowAs we all rely on more and more technology in our daily lives, children under 5 are spending more time online. Find out here how to keep your child safe and know what to do to help them develop good habits.



BookTrustBookTrust have put together some stories and activities perfect for babies and young children. If you need some ideas for songs or lullabies follow the link to watch Angeline Morrison singing the lullaby Dream Angus.