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Support for parents & families

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Bringing up children is a lot of fun but can also have its challenges, when receiving some advice would be helpful. We hope these pages will provide you with information that you will find useful.

Supporting children who become ill 

When children become ill it can be difficult for their parents and carers to always know the best way to care for them, particularly if they are very young and can't tell you exactly what is wrong.

To support local parents and carers Frimley Health and Care, in partnership with FRANK, have created the new Frimley Healthier Together website to help them manage a range of common childhood illnesses themselves. 

Child bereavement support

Child Bereavement UK - Helps children and young people (up to age 25), parents, and families, to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies.

If you would like to understand more about how to help a grieving child or seek support for your family, visit the Children's understanding of death at different ages page

Free online parenting courses and guides

If you are a parent, a grandparent or carer and live in the Frimley Health and Care area covering East Berkshire, Surrey Heath and North East Hampshire and Farnham (that includes Ascot, Bracknell, Windsor and Maidenhead, Slough and North East Hampshire and Farnham), we're offering you free access to NHS-backed, online parenting courses and guides which include top tips from childcare, education and NHS health experts. Topics include:

  • Understanding your pregnancy, labour, birth and your baby
  • Understanding your baby
  • Understanding your child 0 to 19 years
  • Understanding your teenager’s brain

If you would like to find out more or sign up please click the following link:

www.frimleyhealthandcare.org.uk/maternity/caring-for-your-baby-and-yourself/register-for-free-online-parenting-courses/

Fun children's activities

If you're looking for ideas for fun, stimulating activities with your pre-school child, check out Hungry Little Minds for a range of ideas for youngsters, from newborns to the age of five.

Young people's mental health support and guides

Supporting a young person’s mental health can often feel daunting but there is support out there for them and you. To support the wellbeing of children and young people during the coronavirus pandemic, we have put together three concise guides for parents and carers and for children and young people themselves. The guides list some of the best reliable and free sources of information and advice to help children and young people and their families to cope with life under lockdown. You can find them at the follow link.

www.frimleyhealthandcare.org.uk/our-work/helping-you-to-stay-well/mental-wellbeing/coping-guides/

The NHS Every Mind Matters website also provides information to support you and to help you know how to support those you love.

Support for Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic children, young people, parents or carers affected by COVID-19

Barnardos has launched a helpline. You can speak to them about worries, problems and stresses during this time, and they can provide emotional support, practical advice and signposting to other organisations who can provide further help. Professionals can also get in contact to discuss how to support a child or young person they are working with. Visit: https://helpline.barnardos.org.uk/
or call 0800 151 2605 Monday - Friday, 10am - 8pm Sat-Sun 10am - 3pm

Maternity and family planning support

If you are planning a family, having your first or even your fourth child, the Frimley Maternity website holds a wealth of information to support you and your partner throughout this whole journey and through the years of parenting. Visit the link below to find out more:

www.frimleyhealthandcare.org.uk/maternity

Additional information 

For advice on other issues that may be affecting you and/or other members of your household, see our Home/Community Support page.