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Useful Links

Help your child towards their first steps towards reading and writing:

www.nationalliteracytrust.org.uk

www.readingrockets.org

www.bbc.co.uk

https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/

www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people

Supporting numeracy:

www.bbc.co.uk

Safeguarding and Online Safety:

Childline: www.childline.org.uk

UK Safer Internet Centre’s ‘Report Harmful Content’: https://reportharmfulcontent.com

National Crime Agency Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (NCA-CEOP): www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre

Kent Police:https://www.kent.police.uk/police-forces/kent-police/areas/kent-police/campaigns/campaigns/2020/parent-resources-activity-packs/

Information on healthy lunchboxes for children:

www.bbc.co.uk/food

Domestic Abuse

  • Domestic Abuse Services: domesticabuseservices.org
  • Victim Support: 0808 16 89 111 victimsupport.org.uk/help-and-support/get-help/supportline
  • Look Ahead Care & Support – Service provider West Kent (Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Malling): lookahead.org.uk/
  • Oasis Domestic Abuse service – Service provider, East Kent. (Thanet and Dover): oasisdaservice.org/home
  • Clarion Housing Association – Service provider for North and South Kent
    • North Kent: (Dartford & Gravesham, Swale and Maidstone) Clarion DA confidential Helpline: 07376 637069 (Mon-Fri 9am – 5pm)
    • South Kent: (Ashford, Folkestone & Hythe and Canterbury) Rising Sun Domestic Abuse service helpline: 01227 452852 (Mon-Fri 9am – 5pm)
  • National Women’s Aid Domestic Abuse 24hr helpline:0800 2000247

Ready for Pregnancy

Kent Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust provides some useful information for those thinking about having a baby or who are already pregnant.

Safer Sleeping

There is a range of information online to support families’ knowledge around safer sleeping for their babies including the Lullaby Trust and the NHS.

Bereavement Service for Children and Young People

  • AMPARO Kent and Medway Support Service for People Bereaved by Suicide
    Amparo provides practical and emotional support to families and individuals who
    have been bereaved by suicide. They are particularly strong in supporting the
    families during these most tragic of times guiding them through the minefield of their
    grief as well as practical help with the media/coroners/police etc.
  • CHUMS
    CHUMS offers specialist bereavement support to children and young people from
    three-and-a-half up until their 26th birthday in Kent and Medway.
    Specialist support is needed when a child or young person is experiencing complex
    grief or traumatic bereavement. This might mean that it is extra hard for them to
    manage the death and so it is having an enduring negative impact on everyday life.
    There is 24 hour emotional support available for every child in Kent via the text
    support line – just text Kent to 85258.

For local support and services:-

Edenbridge Children’s Centre

High Street

Edenbridge

TN8 5AB

Telephone: 03000 420995

E-mail: edenbridgechildrenscentre@kent.gov.uk

Website: Facebook: Sevenoaks & Swanley Children’s Centres

The Tuesday Group

A coffee morning for parents and carers of pre-school children in and around Chiddingstone and nearby villages.  Held fortnightly in St. Lukes’ Church Parish Room, Chiddingstone Causeway

For Support and Friendship for Families with children under 5.  Can offer home visits to give practical and emotional support.

Telephone:  01892 524916

contact: www.home-start.org.uk/home-start-south-west-kent

Edenbridge Health Visiting Team

Telephone:  01732 869825

Kent Children and Families Information Service

http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/childcare-and-pre-school/advice-about-childcare

Telephone:  03000 41 23 23

email: kentcfis@kent.gov.uk