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A leading UK charity helping children and young people with speech and language difficulties.
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The Association of Speech & Language Therapists in Independent Practice

Basic Skills Agency
National agency for literacy, numeracy and related skills for England and Wales.

Big Wide Talk
A new national network of practical visionaries, parents, practitioners, planners and politicians who are determined to make life better for children.

Booktrust and Bookstart
Bookstart, initiated by Booktrust in 1992, is the first national books for babies programme in the world.

BBC Parenting
Information for parents across an extensive range of topics.

British Association for Early Childhood Education
A voluntary organisation promoting the right of all children to quality education. www.early-education.org.uk

Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (Early Years Network) Seeks to raise the quality of library services to preschool children and their families. www.cilip.org.uk/eyln/

Children England
An umbrella organisation whose members are all registered charities that work with children, young people and their families.

Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association
A union representing health visitors, school, practice, district and nursery nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and northern Ireland. www.msfcphva.org

Coram Family
A charity that works to bring about significant improvements in the emotional health and life prospects of children and young people who have experienced trauma and family breakdown, or who are vulnerable and at risk.

Early Childhood Forum
A coalition of interest groups, professional associations and voluntary organisations, united in their concern to develop the care and education of young children from birth. It is co-ordinated by the Early Childhood Unit at the National Children's Bureau. www.ncb.org.uk/ecf/index.html

Early Childhood Unit
This is a website from the Early Childhood Unit at the National Children's Bureau. It contains information on specific topics within early years care and education. www.earlychildhood.org.uk

Early Years Online
Contains information and resources for all involved or interested in the care and education of children 0-8 years.

Effective Provision of Pre-School Education Project (EPPE)
Focuses on the progress and development of 3,000 children from entering pre-school to the end of Key Stage Two in primary school. Funded by the Department for Education and Skills.

Family and Parenting Institute
An independent charity working to support parents in bringing up their children, to promote the well-being of families and to make society more family friendly. www.familyandparenting.org
The Family and Parenting Institute provides practical information direct to parents through their website Early Home Learning Matters.

Family Services Unit (FSU)
A UK charity that supports marginalised and excluded families.

Grandparents' Association
A national charity working with and for grandparents in the best interests of children. www.grandparents-association.org.uk

Guild of Infant and Child Massage
Aims to set the standards for the safe, professional practice of positive touch with infants and children.

Health Literacy
The Health Literacy Research Group brings together patients, practitioners, health academics and educational academics with an interest in developing and undertaking research to understand more about Health Literacy and its impact.

Offers support, friendship and practical help to parents with young children in local communities throughout the UK and with British Forces in Germany and Cyprus. www.home-start.org.uk
Horn End Nurseries
Excellent childcare in Staffordshire www.hornend.co.uk

I Can
A charity helping children with speech and language difficulties across the UK. www.ican.org.uk

Meeting the needs of our youngest children
An abridged version of the Starting points: meeting the needs of our youngest children report from the Carnegie Task Force.

Mother's Union
Runs projects and activities to encourage and support families in every day life. www.themothersunion.org

National Association of Head Teachers
The largest organisation in Europe supporting Head Teachers.

National Association of Professionals
Concerned with Language Impairment Charity promoting and increasing the awareness among teachers and other professionals of the needs of children and young people with speech, language and communication difficulties.

National Association of Toy & Leisure Libraries
The national body for toy and leisure libraries in the UK.

National Childbirth Trust
Offers parents information on pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood. www.nctpregnancyandbabycare.com

National Childminding Association
Promotes quality registered childminding for children, families and communities. www.ncma.org.uk

National Children's Bureau
Promotes the interests and well-being of all children and young people across every aspect of their lives.

National Daycare Trust
A charity which promotes high quality affordable childcare for all. www.daycaretrust.org.uk

National Day Nurseries Association
The national membership association of day nurseries in the UK.
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
A UK children's charity specialising in child protection.

Nursery World UK
Nursery magazine published weekly.

A charity that helps parents and infants under two years old to develop more loving and secure relationships through a one-to-one therapeutic support

Parenting UK (formerly known as Parenting Education & Support Forum)
The national umbrella body for people who work with parents.

Parentline Plus
A charity offering support to anyone parenting a child.

Parents as First Teachers
A parent education and family support programme for all families with children, prenatal to age five.

Peers Early Education Partnership (PEEP)
Supports parents and carers as their child's first and most important educator. www.peep.org.uk

Practical Parenting
This site is run by Dr Andy Gill, PhD in Psychology, and includes practical advice for parents and professionals looking for tips and support on child behaviour, development and family relationships.

Preschool Learning Alliance
Represents and supports 15,000 community preschools in England.

Website giving advice and information on being a grandparent www.proudgrandparents.co.uk

Reading Is Fundamental, UK
An initiative of the National Literacy Trust that helps children and young people (aged 0 to 19) to realise their potential by motivating them to read.

Royal College of Midwives
A professional organisation and trade union run by midwives for midwives. www.rcm.org.uk

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

Save the Children
An international charity that fights for children's rights and delivers immediate and long-term improvements to children's lives.

Small Talk Speech & Language Therapy
Independent Speech & Language Therapy in Staffordshire

Stoke Speaks Out
A multi-agency project to look at the issues underlying children's language deficits in Stoke on Trent.

Sure Start
The government's programme to deliver the best start in life for every child. www.surestart.gov.uk

Understanding childhood
Promotes the child's view of their world and experience and provides information on children's emotional development and relationships from birth to adulthood. www.understandingchildhood.net

What about the children?
A national charity that promotes parental responsibility with particular emphasis on the emotional needs of children during the first three years. www.whataboutthechildren.org.uk

The children's mental health charity.

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