Birth to five

Your NHS guide to parenting in the early years


Whether your child is a newborn, a toddler or a pre-schooler, this Birth to five guide is for you. It has information, videos and interactive tools to help you through the parenting process.

We answer all your questions, from how to soothe a crying baby to how to prepare your child for school. Find out how to spot the signs of serious illness, what to do if an accident happens, and how to help potty training go smoothly.

And we haven’t forgotten about you: as a parent or carer, your wellbeing is crucial too. This guide covers all you need to know about your health after having a baby, as well as your rights, benefits and NHS services.