Stride into 2020 - Walking in Hertfordshire

January to April Health Walks programmes available online

Why not get 2020 off to a fun and healthy start by joining us on a walk?  Moderate exercise, such as brisk walking, can help to keep you healthy and is a good way to ward off colds.

You could always bring along a friend or family member and let them share your joy of walking.

Please contact if you have any queries  

More detail here


Heading 1

Information for parents and families - December 20,2019

Call NHS 111 if you need urgent medical help for your child this winter

The NHS in Hertfordshire is encouraging parents and carers to call NHS 111 this winter if you need urgent medical help for your child.

Additional advice includes talking to a pharmacist if your medical concern isn’t urgent. Pharmacists are experts in medicines and can give non-urgent medical advice. Many pharmacies are open late and on weekends. They also have a consultation room if you’d prefer to speak in private.


If you are worried about your child and need urgent health advice, please call NHS 111 free at any time or go online.


Find your nearest pharmacist





Does your child receive 30 hours free childcare?

If your child receives 30 hours free childcare please check online to make sure you are still eligible by looking on your childcare service account


You have until Tuesday 31 December 2019 to reconfirm your eligibility to ensure your child continues to receive their 30 hours free childcare in January 2020.


If you are a parent who may be eligible for 30 hours free childcare from January 2020, you have until Tuesday 31 December 2019 to apply for an eligibility code on the childcare choices website

Information for parents and families - November 6


Family centre parent satisfaction survey 2019

We want to know how satisfied you are with the Hertfordshire Family Centre Service, if you have used this service in the last 12 months.

Please only complete the survey once.

Survey closes on Saturday 30 November 2019.

Complete the survey >


Do you have a child in reception or year 1?

We are consulting with parents and carers on how it was for parents and children starting school.

Please can you spare a few minutes to give us your feedback?

The survey closes on Monday 2 December 2019.

Take our survey >


Best Start Herts

Did you know that Hertfordshire has a Facebook page exclusively for Hertfordshire families?

This page has been set up to provide key messages and support from pregnancy through the early years until your child starts school. 

Follow us on Facebook @beststartinherts >

Information for parents and families - Click here

  • Transfer to secondary/upper school in 2020

  • Do you or your children need the flu vaccine this winter?

  • SEND transformation

  • SEND information and advice service

 Waste and Recycling

Getting your vehicle ready for winter

The 17th National Recycle Week starts on 23rd September and aims to encourage us all to recycle more, by demonstrating the benefits of recycling items from all around the home.   For more detail, click here.

Health and Well-being

Online interactive map of sexual health and contraception services in Hertfordshire. Click here

Adult and Family Learning

Wide range of courses and activities offered, including over half term.  See here

Digital skills, Arts and Crafts, English/Maths, Fitness and Well Being, Skills for Work

Additional Needs

Tyre Safety

Adequate tyre depth is essential for good grip on wet roads. Drivers with insufficient tread depth face longer stopping distances, reduced grip and an increased risk of aquaplaning.


This year TyreSafe’s campaign Look Who’s Talking covers all three key areas of routine tyre maintenance: Air pressure; Condition; and Tread depth – ACT. The campaign seeks to encourage motorists to check their tyres at least once a month every month, and before long journeys.

 Don’t ignore your tyres, check:


  • Air pressure: Use an accurate tyre pressure gauge to check tyres’ air pressure is at the recommended settings. Check the vehicle owner’s handbook or fuel filler cap.

  • Condition: Lumps or bulges in a tyre may indicate internal damage and increase the risk of a catastrophic failure. If these, or cuts and cracks, are found while checking a tyre, the tyre may need replacing and professional advice should be sought.

  • Tread depth: Tread depth should be checked with an accurate gauge to ensure it is above the minimum legal limit of 1.6mm. If you don’t have an accurate tread depth gauge, a 20p can be used as a guide to how close your tread is to the limit if you don’t have a tread depth gauge available.


Reputable retailers can offer a free check on your tyres, Trading Standards advise to shop around if you need new tyres to compare prices and value for money.

HAND - Hertfordshire Additional Needs Database

If you have a child with a special educational need or disability you can join HAND, our Hertfordshire Additional Needs Database.

Find out more here

Advice on Scams

Information for Parents and Families

Have you registered with the new family centre?


Did you know that you and your family need to be registered with our service to attend sessions or courses?

Even if you registered with the children centres before, to comply with the new Data Protection Laws and the change of service on 1 October 2018 a new registration form needs to be submitted for you and your family.


Visit to register and get started.

Heading 1

A new awareness session: Young Friends Against Scams has been designed to teach young people aged 8+ about:

• Scams and how they can affect people’s lives

• Different types of scams including: postal, telephone, online and doorstep

• How to protect yourself from being scammed

• How to spot and help a scam victim

To find out more or receive the Young Friends awareness session please contact the FAS team here.

Do you have hungry little minds?


All the little things you do with your child make a big difference to their development.


Search Hungry Little Minds for more information.

Preparing for baby


A free 3 week course, presented by midwives, family support and health visitors covering everything you need to prepare for labour and parenthood. 


Book your place by week 25 of your pregnancy.

Hertfordshire Adult & Family Learning Service


BROWSE the full year 2019-20 course prospectus

More detail here


January leisure learning courses @ the Skills & Learning Centre, Hertford


Spanish Improvers - £100 – A 10-week course at Hertford – Starts Monday 20th Jan at 9.30am to 11.00am

Italian Improvers - £100 – A 10-week course at Hertford – Starts Monday 20th Jan at 12.00pm to 1.30pm

Italian Beginners - £100 – A 10-week course at Hertford – Starts Monday 20th Jan at 2.00pm to 3.30pm

Photography for Beginners - £80 – A 6-week course at Hertford – Starts Tues 21st Jan at 10am to 12pm

Photography Workshops - £80 – A 6-week course at Hertford – Starts Tues 21st Jan at 1pm to 3pm

Introduction to Gardening - £65 – A 5-week course at Hertford – Starts Weds 22nd Jan at 10am-12pm

Drawing and Painting - SOLD OUT – A 10-week course at Hertford- Starts Weds 22nd Jan at 1pm-3.30pm

Spanish for Beginners - £100 – A 10-week course at Hertford – Starts Thurs 23rd Jan at 9.30am – 11am

Mindfulness - £75 – A 6-week course at Hertford - Starts Thurs 23rd Jan at 1pm-3pm

French for Beginners - £100 – A 10-week course at Hertford – Starts Friday 24th Jan at 9.30am-11.00am

German for Beginners - £100 – A 10-week course at Hertford – Starts Friday 24th Jan at 11.30am-1pm