We provide a range of programmes designed to support families with children aged 0 to 5 years in understanding the importance of brain development and how to support their child’s development and education, through effective home learning strategies.
Please see the sections below for information on our programme offer. Access to programmes requires completion of a request for support form which can be found in the downloads section. We will then review your application to see if you meet the eligibility criteria for the programme. For further information please contact your local Family Hub.
All programmes delivered in the family hubs have a home learning element, with resources and strategies provided, so that parents and carers can put what they have learnt into practice and reflect on how it went.
Our Virtual Offer provides a range of activity sheets and video's, giving you lots of fun and educational things to do with your child at home.
Running over 6 weeks the Starting Out Programme is designed to increase parents’ knowledge and understanding of their child’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) and Physical Development (PD). The programme is flexible to ensure it supports each child’s individual needs and works alongside families to empower parents in creating opportunities to provide learning through play within the home environment.
Each week’s focus will consist of activities that will increase parental understanding of how children experience, express and manage emotions and how children develop meaningful relations with others. Starting Out supports parents and carers to build a healthy and positive relationship with their child.
Core Programme Aims:
- to improve a child’s PSED and PD
- to improve a child’s home learning environment.
- Parent/carer will gain an increased knowledge and understanding of the importance of their child’s brain development from 0 to 5 years.
- Parent/carer will gain an increased knowledge and understanding of their child’s development and behaviour.
An evidenced-based parenting programme that helps improve a child’s life chances by using everyday learning opportunities in the home environment such as listening, talking, playing, singing and sharing stories.
The programme extends what parents/carers already know about their child, building and strengthening adult/child relationship, building child’s self-esteem and self-regulation. The programme runs weekly over 6 weeks for children under the age of 12 months.
Core programme aims:
- child becomes a confident communicator and learner through play.
- to narrow the attainment gap which can appear even before children reach school.
- to improve a child’s Personal, Soical and Emotional Development (PSED)
- to improve parents’ confidence in learning through play in the home environment.
The secure attachments that children develop with their parents, particularly as a baby and toddler, are fundamental to them flourishing and provide the foundation for healthy brain development.
During group sessions, parents will be introduced to different methods of learning how to give their child a positive childhood, a base from which they can thrive. This approach enables trust to build between parent and child.
When parents tune into and respond to their child’s needs and distress and are a valuable source of comfort, children learn how to manage their own feelings and behaviour, and develop confidence and self-reliance. Parents will have the opportunity to learn and understand how their own early childhood experiences can impact upon their relationship with their child.
We recommend parents attend the Starting Out Programme before attending Building Positive Relationships to have a good understanding of their child’s developmental needs and an underpinning knowledge of secure and healthy attachments.