Becoming a parent can be one of the most wonderful but challenging experiences that life can offer. Nothing can really prepare you for it. As part of our Vision for Leeds we are “making Leeds a child friendly city”
On this page we provide you with some useful information to get you started when becoming a parent.
Registering a birth
You need to register your baby to get a birth certificate. You need a birth certificate to claim family-related benefits and get a National Health Service number which your doctor will need. We are pleased to be able to offer a new service called Tell Us Once which will help to make this easier for you. See related pages below for more information.
Adoption and fostering
Find out how to become a Leeds approved adopter or foster parent, as well as information about support services for new parents and their children by visiting the adoption and fostering website. There is more information available below in the related pages section.
For advice on common health problems and details on your nearest doctors, health centres and pharmacies visit the NHS Leeds services website.
Depending on your circumstances, a range of benefits and tax credits are available for families. Most of these benefits are administered by central government. Use the links below to visit the relevant websites for more information. You can also see our section on related pages for more information.
The family hub - free nursery education, childcare, disability, information and advice
The family hub hold information on all registered childcare providers, childminders, nurseries, out of school clubs, holiday playschemes and playgroups. You can do an online search to find your nearest childcare provider.
You can find out more information about free nursery education for 2, 3 and 4 year old children from their website.
The family hub can signpost you to a wide range of services offering support for families including those caring for a disabled child.