An a-z list of useful information

An a-z list of useful information

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PACTS is Stockport’s official local parent carer forum run by parents for parents, carers, grandparents and family members who have a child / young person between the ages of 0 and 25 years with special educational needs & disabilities including any additional need.


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Physical Activity

It is recommended that children under the aged between 1 and 5 should be physically active for at least 3 hours every day. Being active helps children to be healthy, happy, ready for school and to sleep better.

Babies under the age of 1 should be active for at least 30 minutes a day through activities such as tummy time.

For more information and ideas about the types of activity that you can do with your child see the NHS website.

Physical Development

10 top tips for families


Children learn valuable life skills and behaviours through play. This is how they learn about objects, other people and relationships.

Playing with your child doesn’t always mean using children’s toys. You can be playful with things you have around your home or find when you are out and about.

For some simple tips and idea click here

For some great short videos about how you can playful with what you have at home click here


The NHS website contains lots of useful information about trying for a baby, finding out you are pregnant and keeping well in pregnancy.

  • Accessing antenatal care:

When you first learn you are pregnant you can access a midwife directly or go to your family doctor who will refer you to the midwife and the maternity service to begin your antenatal care. Ideally, the midwifery team would like to see you between 8 – 10 weeks of pregnancy to provide you with some information to make your choices regarding screening tests on offer to you. You will have a named midwife who will see you for most of your routine appointments. This will help us to get to know you and understand what you need throughout your pregnancy as well as helping you to get to know and trust your midwife.

If you do not live in Stockport but would like to use Stockport Community Midwifery services you do not need to get referred in by your family doctor. Telephone 0161 419 5551 and a midwife will arrange an appointment for you.


Preschools are early years and childcare settings that offer childcare and early education for children aged 2, 3and 4 years old. They usually operate 9am -3pm term-time only, although some may offer a longer day with wrap around care. They are Ofsted registered and inspected. You can find details of all childcare provision including preschools on our childcare information directory. You can search by childcare type or your postcode.

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