New / Expectant Parents

Information and guidance for new and expectant parents across the Vale of Glamorgan


Parenting.Give it Time.

Parenting. Give it time.

This website has been developed by the Welsh Government with the help of a range of organisations and professionals. Every child and every parent is unique. Parenting. Give it time. gives parents ideas so they can make decisions about what can work for their child and family. It aims to help parents to build a positive, healthy relationship with their children.


Between birth and age five children grow and change very fast. Understanding more about your child’s development may help you understand your child and their behaviour better. 

Parenting. Give it time



Registering the birth of a child

All births in England, Wales and Northern Ireland must be registered within 42 days of the child being born.


You should do this at the  local register office for the area where the baby was born or at the hospital before the mother leaves. The hospital will tell you if you can register the birth there.


If you can’t register the birth in the area where the baby was born, you can go to another register office and they will send your details to the correct office.

Register a birth




As a parent, you may not like seeing your baby or child being given an injection. However, vaccination is an important step in protecting your child against a range of serious and potentially fatal diseases.


Vaccinations are quick, safe and extremely effective. Once your child has been vaccinated against a disease, their body can fight it more effectively. If a child isn't vaccinated, they will have an increased risk of catching the illness.


Immunisation saves lives. The World Health Organisation estimates that 3 million lives are saved every year worldwide through immunisation. 


It is important that all children and babies are fully immunised to protect them from potentially serious diseases.


There are a number of vaccinations that your baby will have. Your doctor’s surgery or clinic will automatically send you an appointment for you to bring your baby for their vaccination. Most surgeries and health centres run special immunisation or baby clinics. If you can’t get to the clinic, contact your surgery to make an appointment. All childhood vaccinations are free.


NHS Direct Wales has a checklist of the vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone in the UK for free on the NHS, and the ages at which they should ideally be given.

NHS Direct Wales



Financial Support for New Families

  • Calculating the Costs of Having a Baby

     The Money Advice Service has developed a Baby Costs Calculator so you can check how much the essentials cost you. Their research shows that a baby could cost as much as £7,200 or as little as £1,600 in their first year, excluding childcare:

    Money Advice Service Baby Costs Calculator



    The Money Advice Service has also produced a Baby Money Timeline, which lists all the money-related dates to do with your pregnancy and new baby. It covers everything from arranging your maternity leave to going shopping for baby things and claiming Child Benefit:

    Money Advice Service Baby Timeline


  • Maternity Leave and Pay

    To support you to take time off work whilst having your baby, you are entitled to maternity leave and pay.

    Statutory Maternity Pay entitles you to 52 weeks off work, but you’ll only get maternity pay for 39 of them if you’re eligible. 


    The earliest your paid maternity leave can start is the 11th week before your baby is due.


    If your baby is born early, your leave starts the day after the birth.


    You don’t have to take the 52 weeks you’re entitled to, but you must take at least two weeks off work following the birth of your baby.

    Pay Leave for Parents - GOV.UK



    Maternity Leave and Pay - Money Advice Service







  • Maternity Allowance

    If you can’t get Statutory Maternity Pay, you may be entitled to another benefit called Maternity Allowance.


    Maternity Allowance is a benefit paid by the government to pregnant women who don’t qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay.


    To find out whether you qualify for Maternity Allowance, use the GOV.UK calculator:

    Pay Leave for Parents - GOV.UK

    Maternity Allowance - Money Advice Service




  • Paternity Leave and Pay

    When your partner gives birth or when you adopt a child or have a baby by surrogate, you may be entitled to paternity leave and paternity pay so you can help look after your new arrival.


    If you’re an employee, you’re entitled to either one or two weeks of paid paternity leave.

    Paternity Leave and Pay - GOV.UK

    Pay Leave for Parents - GOV.UK







  • Child Benefit

    You can claim Child Benefit for each child you’re responsible for (you do not have to be their parent), regardless of whether you’re working or have savings. 


    Claiming Child Benefit can give a big boost to your family budget. If you’ve just had a baby, make sure you claim before your baby is three months old. Even if you think you won’t be entitled to anything, you should still apply so you don’t miss out on other entitlements.

    Child Benefit - GOV.UK

    Child Benefit - Money Advice Service






  • Child Tax Credits

    If you have children and you’re on a low income, you could be eligible for Child Tax Credits to help you with the costs of raising a child. Child Tax Credit is a benefit to help with the cost of raising a child.


    You don’t need to be working to claim Child Tax Credit.

    Child Tax Credit - GOV.UK

    Child Tax Credit - Money Advice Service






Pre Natal Post Natal

Pre / Post Natal Support

Having a baby is a big life event, and it’s natural to experience a range of emotions and reactions during and after pregnancy.


Pregnancy and the birth of a child can be emotionally challenging for many parents. There are a range of services who can support you:


Week by Week Support


The NHS Direct Wales and Bump, Baby & Beyond websites provide a week by week guide to your baby's development and the antenatal care you can expect, as well as lots more information:

Bump, Baby & Beyond


National Childbirth Trust (NCT) offer information and support in pregnancy, birth and early parenthood:

Parenting - NCT

Which? Birth Choice can support you to understand what choices you have and the care you can expect to receive during pregnancy and labour:

Which? Birth Choice

Emotional Wellbeing Support

Having a baby is a big life event, and it's natural to experience a range of emotions and reactions during and after your pregnancy. But if they start to have a big impact on how you live your life, you might be experiencing a mental health problem.


Around one in five women will experience a mental health problem during pregnancy or in the year after giving birth, and studies into postnatal depression in fathers suggest that around one in five men experience depression after becoming fathers. 



Mind explains postnatal depression and other perinatal mental health issues, including possible causes, sources of treatment and support, and advice for friends and family. The website also has a list of useful contacts for anyone experiencing or supporting someone with mental health issues. 

Mind - Postnatal and Perinatal Support



NCT have a range of information on emotions and mental health during and after pregnancy, including advice for mothers and fathers, information and support for "baby blues" and ways to deal with relationship stress as well as tackle issues.

NCT - Pre and Post Natal Support


Relationship Support for New Parents

Relate are the UK's largest provider of relationship support, and every year help over a million people of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations to strengthen their relationships. 

There are specific information pages providing relationship support for new parents:

Support for New Parents - Relate


Flying Start

The Flying Start programme supports families to give children a better start in life. The programme is available in certain areas of Barry and provides childcare, parenting support, language and play, health visiting and midwifery.

Flying Start


New Baby

Family Fun and Support

There are lots of parent & toddler groups, baby groups and classes and sessions taking place in the Vale.


We can provide you with this information as well as a whole host of information about childcare, activities for children and young people and family support services.


You can use our online search to find Activities, Family Fun and Support in your area:


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Contact Us:

  • 01446 704704
  • Vale Family Information Service
  • @ValeFIS