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Start for Life

Families of children from conception to age two can access guidance and support on a range of topics through Start for Life, which is delivered as part of Dudley’s Family Hub Network. Discover more about Start for Life services from Dudley Council and our network partners below.

Family hub network

A central location for a broad range of support services.

Maternity and pregnancy

Find links to advice and support, and maternity information from other local organisations.

Infant feeding and specialist breastfeeding support

Guidance for parents on infant feeding and links to local support groups.

Health visiting (including GP surgeries)

Support from Dudley nurses and midwives with specialist training.

Parent and infant emotional wellbeing

A helping hand with the pressure of daily life, including information on local support groups.

Dudley Speech, Language, Communication and Home Learning pathway 0-5

Speech, language and communication support.

Early Education and Support Services

Early education advice and home learning tips.

Parent Zone

Further information to support parents and their families; areas include sleep, crying, safety and a dedicated area for dads.


Promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults, protecting them from abuse and preventing harm to their health or development. 


Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) team supports children from 0-25 years.

Early Help

Providing the support needed at any stage of a child or young person's life.

Financial support/debt management

Find information on financial support and cost of living advice within Dudley.

Staying safe

Advice on sleep safety, accidents and more.

Get involved

Volunteer for community groups or help shape the future of maternity services in Dudley.


This section offers information on face to face, webinar and on-demand training courses.