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Introducing the ultimate 50 things to do before you’re 5!

50 things

The Talk, Listen, Cuddle team here at Essex County Council has launched the ultimate 50 things to do before you’re 5 – a fun list of activities you can do with your little ones at home, or out and about across Essex. 

Each of the 50 things will help you positively engage your children and support them to learn and develop language and communication skills.

The list can be found online on the TLC website

Ready, steady, go!

Could you give a loving home to a child asylum seeker?


We estimate we will need about 100 new foster families across Essex this year, with the impending arrival of more unaccompanied asylum seeking children expected to increase the demand for placements.

Our foster families and supported lodgings carers give loving homes to hundreds of children and young people, including those who have had to leave their own countries and seek refuge in the UK.

Our carers receive excellent local support and training, as well as a competitive fee.

If you are interested, please come along to our next information event, where you'll hear from experienced carers, or make an enquiry online.

Starting at 11am on March 4, the event at Essex Record Office, Chelmsford, will have a special focus on caring for young people seeking asylum.

You can also read the story of one of our carers online.