I'm going to be a parent or carer

Parenting courses, groups and services

  • Children's centres offer a wide range of services for parents or carers from pregnancy through to five years old. There are nine children's centres in York. Our children's centre pages have lots of information about what's happening at your local centre and how you can get involved. 
  • Health visitors aim to help you and your children lead as healthy a life as possible, both physically and mentally. Find out where you can access health visitors at different groups by searching our service directory.
  • Toddler groups often welcome parents who are expecting babies. Meeting with other parents gives you the chance to share experiences and ideas, learn new skills, get advice and information and most importantly, you will feel better equipped to cope. Find local toddler groups.
  • The National Childbirth Trust has a York branch that provides support for parents and parents-to-be locally, runs antenatal classes and organises various activities and events including the ever-popular Nearly New Sales.

Parenting websites, helplines and text services

  • Nationally and in York, there are many different services that are available to support families. Take a look at our service directory to find a service that can meet your need.

Disability or additional needs?

  • York's local offer website enables parents and young people to see what disability services are available in their area and how to access them.
  • York Parent Carer Forum (formally CANDI) is a forum for parents and carers of children with disabilities or additional needs, aged 0-25 in York and the surrounding area.

Separating or lone parent?

  • The Centre For Separated Families provide advice, information and support for separated families in the York area. Services include individual telephone and email support, benefits advice, one-to-one counselling, referral for private grants and family holidays, parenting advice and training.
  • Child maintenance is regular, reliable financial support that helps towards a child’s everyday living costs. The parent who doesn’t have main day-to-day care of the child pays child maintenance to the parent or person (such as a grandparent or guardian) who does, but it can be about more than just money. Child Maintenance Options have more information.


York Family Information Service

01904 554444