Being a parent can be amazing, but we all need some help, advice, and practical tips at times. Parenting courses can provide support and guidance to parents and carers if you're struggling with the behaviour of a child, would like support to address issues around parenting teenagers, or are simply seeking some hints and tips on parenting in the company of other parents and carers.
Parental relationship courses
Being a parent is tough. Being a parent/carer when your relationship with your partner or ex-partner isn't going well is even tougher. There are times when we are all under stress but whilst conflict is part of normal family life, sometimes it can become destructive and get in the way of managing everyday life.
Most relationships have their ups and downs, where disagreements and arguments are normal. But arguments between parents/carers that are intense, hostile, and poorly resolved can be harmful to their children and put their mental health and long term life outcomes at risk. Learning to communicate in ways that are helpful rather than harmful is vital for maintaining healthy relationships, whether parents are together or not.
There are a range of courses and programmes available to help parents/carers improve their relationship
There are times when parents/carers will benefit from a structured course, addressing key aspects of relationship difficulties and particularly in overcoming conflict. We offer two interactive courses that are focused on in-tact relationships and for those who are separated.
Best Start in Life Toolkit
This toolkit provides clear, simple key messages to promote positive health and wellbeing in its widest sense to support children in Wiltshire to have the Best Start in Life. The information is relevant from conception through to 5 years and recognises that health and wellbeing is influenced by a range of individual, community and environmental factors.
Five to Thrive approach
The success of Five to Thrive is founded on the fact that it is not a rigid, one-size-fits-all programme. Rather, an array of resources, tools and training content that is available to help tailor a strategy that best fits with local needs and aims.
Central to the five to thrive approach is the set of five key activities:
These are our 'building blocks for a healthy brain'. They are drawn from research into the key processes of attachment and attunement that forge bonds between young children and their carers. Crucially, they are designed to support positive feedback processes, enabling practitioners to observe and reinforce positive interaction between adults and children.
If you think a child or young person is at risk of significant harm, or is injured, contact the Integrated Front Door (IFD) on 0300 4560108, 8.45am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday and 8.45am to 4pm Friday; Out of Hours 0300 456 0100. If there is immediate danger, phone the police or emergency services on 999.