At 2, your child will be developing independence and exploring. Join Brent Family Wellbeing Centres to access the Two and Terrific four-week programme which is all about the wonderful world of two-year olds.
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2 - 4 years
Health and wellbeing
Your child's health and development
Your toddler will have a health and development review between 2 and 2.5 years. If your child is at a childcare setting they will have a progress review too. These conversations are a great opportunity to see the development that your child is achieving
If your child needs more support they can get an integrated review with their health visitor and their childcare provider together.
Free vitamins and healthy eating
Free vitamins are available for all pregnant women and children under 4 to collect from Family Wellbeing Centres in Brent.
If you are more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under 4, you may also be entitled to get help to buy healthy food and milk via the Healthy Start scheme.
NHS dental treatment for children is free. It is a good idea to take your child with you when you go for your own dental appointments introduce them to the idea of going to the dentist.
If your child is aged two, three or four you might be able to get free early education and childcare.
Some 2 year olds can get 15 hours of free childcare whilst all 3- and 4-year olds can get 15 hours of free childcare. Working families can get 30 hours of childcare for their 3 and 4 year old. You can use this at a registered childminder (who looks after children in the childminders home) a private, voluntary on independent nursery or in a school.
Most children start school full-time in the September after their fourth birthday. You must apply for a primary school place a year before your child can start school. Applications open in September and close on 15 January.
Parent and toddler groups
Having a baby is a big change and it can sometimes help to find other parents or groups whom you can share your experiences and socialise with. A good idea is to join different parent and toddler groups in your area.
Children of all ages can join the library for free, you can register your child online. All Brent libraries have an amazing range of books, stories and fun activities on offer for children as well as a dedicated parent collections with advice and inspiration on subjects from pregnancy, weaning, supporting your child’s development and self care for parents and carers.
Brent libraries also gift book resources to families through the Booktrust gifting programme and you can attend a Sharing Super stories event at Family Wellbeing Centres to find out more.
Sports clubs and activities
Find a range of sports clubs and activities around Brent for the whole family.
- BBC Tiny Happy People offer parenting advice and guidance on children's language development and how you can support your child’s language and communication skills.
- Baby Buddy is a free multi-award-winning, interactive pregnancy and parenting app with personalised information and advice for every day of pregnancy and up to the child's first birthday.