Children, families, schools
Day nurseries provide full and part time care for children from birth to five years. Some nurseries also offer an out of school service for older children.
Children's Centres offer a range of free services, support and advice during pregnancy and for children under five, and their families.
Childminders work in their home and look after children either all day or before and after school. Some childminders can take children to and from school.
Pre-school and playgroups
Pre-school and playgroups provide care - sometimes with a lunch club - for children between the ages of two and five.
Crèches provide occasional short-term care for children under eight for four hours or less each day while parents are occupied in an activity (such as education, leisure, shopping) on the same premises nearby.
Breakfast, after school and holiday clubs
Out-of-school clubs look after children before school (breakfast clubs), after school and during the school holidays. Not all locations will provide all three options so it's worth checking with the provider.
Free childcare in Plymouth
The Government can help with childcare costs for parents. Whether you have toddlers or teens, you could get support.
Travelling to school
As a parent, it's your responsibility to make sure your child gets to and from school, however in some cases your child could be eligible for free school transport.
If your child attends school or sixth form, and you receive certain benefits you may be entitled to claim free school meals.
Plymouth's Local Offer
The Local Offer explains the support and services that are available for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) aged 0 to 25 years.
Apply for a school place
Find out how to apply for a Plymouth school place and ensure your child goes to your preferred school.
School attendance and absence
As a parent, you're responsible for registering your child at a school or making other arrangements to provide a suitable education.
Educating your child at home
Your child must receive a full-time education from the age of five but you can choose to educate your child at home.
Moving from children's social care to adult's social care
Until the age of 18, services for children and young people with long-term health conditions are provided by child health and social care services.
Make a complaint about children's social care
If you have any comments about children's social care or suggestions about how the council can make things better we want to hear from you.
Keeping our children safe
Child safety information, advice and links to organisations that could help support you.
Young Carers Support Hub
The homepage for Plymouth's Young Carers with links to useful information and documents.
Adoption is a way of providing the security, permanency and the love of a new family when it is not possible for a child to be raised by his/her birth parents or within the birth family.
We desperately need new carers with safe and stable homes for children and young people in Plymouth who can't live with their birth families.
A tutor spends a few hours on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis helping one, or more, students on a specific subject.
Skills Launchpad Plymouth - Youth Hubs
Working in city wide partnership, Plymouth City Council has set up 'Skills Launchpad Plymouth' as a new virtual FREE one-stop-shop skills service which aims to help local people stay informed to equip themselves with the skills and confidence that they will need to play a part in the city's future, targeting support for young people through the new Youth Hub.
Support for professionals who work with children, young people and their families
Information and support for professionals who work with children, young people or their families in Plymouth.
The Education Bulletins contain useful information and updates from Plymouth City Council and they are primarily for school teachers and members of staff.
Family Hubs in Plymouth
Family Hubs are a place for families, parents, carers, and young people in Plymouth to find support and advice. Each Family Hub will provide support for families with children aged 0-19, or up to age 25 for young people with special educational needs.