Useful Contacts for Families

Parent/Carer guidance to your child’s learning and development.
Please visit - to access the document ‘What to expect, when?’ document which is a guidance to your child’s learning and development in the early years foundation stage

Please visit which provides an array of information for families and practitioners.

Please visit for information and activities to help teach children the importance of developing healthy hygiene practices.

Please visit  for healthy recipes and additional information for healthy lifestyles.

Please visit for activities to support children’s learning outdoors.  Department for Education –  – UK Safer internet Centre (provides advice and resources for families

Family Information Service:  Telephone: 0800 0556874  The  Essex Family Information Service gives free and unbiased information to parents and carers regarding all different types of childcare and family services available in Essex.

Essex Library Service:

Please visit:  as a Nutritionist Resource ( or Food Standards Agency   For further information about the allergens in your food  The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and A parents’ guide ‘What to expect, When?’ which helps parent/carers find out more about how their children is learning and developing during their first five years in-relation to the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. – Support and advice on family issues  – Bookstart is a national programme that encourages all parents and carers to enjoy books with children from as early an age as possible. – Support in creating strong, healthy emotional bonds between children and their parents. – provides a wealth of information to support your child’s communication skills, along with words to various songs and rhymes.

Please visit: or for the Letters and Sounds teaching programme.  (High Quality Phonics).

Sandcastles Uniform for your child/ren can be ordered from – (THIS IS OPTIONAL)

Embroidery Design – Telephone: 07884 230042  or email:

Family Lives –  A service to help families offering a drop in service, face to face   0808 800 2222.  You can contact Family Lives about anything that is worrying you.  Such as having a new baby, separation, emotional or behaviour problems.

Please visit for information about the free entitlement funding.

Financial Information – please visit (tax credits)

Open family services are a national directory to help find local services/activities easier via . To use this site put in a key word, depending on what you are looking for and in the place box insert Southend. i.e. Keyword: Activities Place: Southend or Keyword: Counselling Place: Southend via The National Literacy Trust offers a wide range of information for different age ranges 0-3, 3-5, 5-7 and 7 -11. is a website for parents with information offering advice on how to support your child/ren Department for Education website

Local Children’s Centre – Little Acorns Telephone: 01702 556274

The Essex Family Information Service (Telephone number: 0800 055 6874 or email – will help you find the right family support and guidance.

N.H.S. Choices for enquires about health: telephone: 111

School Admissions:

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Family Solutions – Essex Family Solutions is a service aimed at engaging families, offering  support  to families and to help them identify their own solutions to help families move forward towards.   Sandcastles work in partnership with families, if you would like any advice or support, please come and speak to us.