Parents useful apps & websites

Reading Family Information Service

This page has details of local and national groups that parents may find useful.

Next review date May 2024

Parents Useful Apps

A new DadPad App has been developed with the NHS to “give new Dads and Dads-to-be the knowledge and skills needed to gain confidence and give their baby the best start”. It provides guidance for babies and children up to the age of two and is available as an App The DadPad App.

NHS Mum & Baby App ~ from the start of pregnancy to early parenthood, this app has been developed with the NHS to navigate your choices for maternity care and beyond in your area. NHS Mum & Baby App

The Baby Buddy app guides you through your pregnancy and the first 6 months following your baby's birth. It is designed to help you look after your baby's mental and physical health, as well as your own, and give your baby the best start in life. Baby Buddy 2.0  launched in November 2021 Baby Buddy App

Baby Check is designed to help parents decide how ill their baby is. It consists of 19 simple questions about signs and symptoms of illness which parents check for. Each check has a score, and the scores are added up. The higher the total score the sicker the baby is likely to be. Baby Check was originally published as a Lullaby Trust booklet, and is now available as a free app. It automatically adds up the scores, tells parents how ill their baby is and what they should do next. Baby Check App

Adoption and Fostering

The following advice and guidance page describes the process for becoming a foster carer and /or adoptive parent, also details of local and national organisations.

Fostering & Adoption A&G page


The following advice and guidance page (A&G page) has information on local and national support groups.

Bereavement Support A&G page

Breastfeeding Support Organisations

The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers is a charity run by mothers for mothers, committed to giving friendly support and supplying accurate information to all women wishing to breastfeed. 

Breast Feeding Network (BFN) National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300 100 0212

NHS provides information on feeding your baby, how to breastfeed, bottle feeding and combination feeding, gives help and tips NHS - Best Start for Life - Feeding Your Baby

Child Development

For information on child development visit our advice and guidance page (A&G page) 

Child Development A&G page


Child Safety (including internet safety)

For more details on websites and organisations that cover all aspects of child safety including internet safety, please visit our advice and guidance page (A&G page)

 Child Safety A&G page


The Citizen Advice Bureau Reading - CAB has been helping people to resolve their money, legal and other problems since 1939. 

CommuniCare is an independent advice centre based in East Reading, but is open to all.

Coram Children’s Legal Centre provides advice on all aspects of family law and on some education issues such as exclusion. 

Berkshire Family Mediation BFM 
BFM provides information and support to parents going through relationship breakdown and divorce. They offer mediation to help parents sort out disagreements about children, money and housing. They also provide a parenting module for separated parents to help them manage their relationship with their ex. Legal aid is available for mediation and is quicker and cheaper than going to court 

Parent Support

Care for the Family  is a national charity which aims to promote strong family life and to help those hurting because of family breakdown. 

Cgl (Change grow live) is the drug and alcohol service for Reading.

Information available on .gov website on how to make a child maintenance agreement

Contact advises the parents of disabled children and those with special educational needs. 

Counselling Directory is a support network of UK counsellors and psychotherapists, with information on their training and experience, areas of counselling covered, fees and contact details. Search for counsellors in your area. 

Family Lives, formerly Parent Line Plus, offers advice to parents on virtually any issues, both online and through its telephone service. 

Family Rights Group national charity that advises parents, grandparents, relatives and friends about their rights and options when social workers or courts make decisions about their children’s welfare. Work with parents whose children are in need, at risk or are in the care system and with wider family members and friends who are raising children (known as kinship carers)

Fatherhood Institute is the national information centre on fatherhood to help harness the full potential of fatherhood with news, training information, policy updates, research summaries and guides for supporting fathers and their families. 

Gingerbread provides information and advice to single parents on a wide range of issues, including benefits, both online and through a telephone helpline. 
Home-Start supports parents of children with young children under the age of five years, who are struggling to cope, for whatever reason. 

Kinship (formerly Grandparents Plus) is a national charity (England and Wales) which champions the vital role of grandparents and the wider family in children’s lives – especially when they take on the caring role in difficult family circumstances. We do this because we want to make children’s lives better

the Mustard Tree is an organisation based in Reading, it seeks to be a voice for those who have no voice and enable the community to speak for itself. Click on the link above to find out more. 

National Childbirth Trust (NCT)  helps parents through pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. 

Netmums is a well known social networking site that employs specialist such as health visitors in its forum to offer general and one-to-one advice. 

The NSPCC's vision is to end cruelty to children in the UK. We campaign to change the law, provide ChildLine and the NSPCC Helpline, offer advice for adult, and much more. 

One Plus One operates the Couple Connection and Parent Connection web services to help parents work through their relationship issues together. 

Parent Channel TV is a website aimed at both parents, children and young people. It offers support and information on a huge range of topics from Learning and Education to Bullying and Healthy Eating. All information is provided via short film clips. We will regularly be featuring different short films on our website. 

Relate offers one-to-one and online counselling for parents and young people with specialist therapeutic counsellors.

Samaritans is a confidential emotional support service for anyone in the UK and Ireland. The service is available 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide. Across the UK you can call Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 for the price of a local call. 

For information on what you need to do when separating or divorcing, please visit .gov website

Together (Reading Your Way (Was Reading Resource Centre)) is a national charity working alongside people with mental health issues on their journey towards independent and fulfilling lives. 

Turning Point is a leading health and social care organisation providing services for people with complex needs, including those affected by drug and alcohol misuse, mental health problems and those with a learning disability. 

Young Minds provides advice and counselling to the parents of children with mental health or behaviour problems. 

Staying Safe

Berkshire Women’s Aid are contacted by over 9,400 men and women fearing or experiencing abuse at home or in a relationship. We can be contacted on our helpline: 0808 801 0882 between 10am-5pm weekdays and a worker can also be reached on this number outside these times in an emergency. 


The Childcare and Parenting area of the .gov website provides information on various aspects of being a working parent including maternity/paternity leave and pay, parental leave and flexible working. 

'A Return To Work' provides information and advice for parents looking to return to work. Topics covered include children, redundancy and seeking work. 

Working Families is a UK national charity for working parents and carers. Our mission is to remove the barriers that people with caring responsibilities face in the workplace.

'Maternity Action' is a charity that offers information to parents about their rights and advises employers about managing pregnant women and new parents.

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Page last reviewed: 07/07/2023

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