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Free online parenting courses available to local families

Bringing up children can be enjoyable and rewarding but it also has its challenges.

At times like these, such as during the current pandemic, it is good to get outside advice and support.

If you live in the Frimley Health and Care area (which covers East Berkshire, Surrey Heath and North East Hampshire and Farnham), you can access four free online parenting guides.

These include top tips from childcare, education and NHS health experts including midwives:-

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

The online guides contain advice relevant to expectant parents, parents, grandparents and carers of children of all ages including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The guides are also available in different languages.

Access to the guides is unlimited with no expiry date, so you can return as and when you need and want to. Each guide has between 5 to 11 sessions which last roughly 20 minutes each, there are also activities that can be carried out between courses.

Registration is quick and easy - click here – or visit www.inourplace.co.uk. Apply the access code 'PARENTING’ however if you live in Surrey, you will need to use the code ACORN. Please note that access codes are not case sensitive.

You may also find the following Q&As helpful – click here.

The guides are provided by the Solihull Approach and made available locally by Frimley Local Maternity System which is part of the Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System (ICS), a partnership of NHS, health services, local authorities, voluntary sector and local people working to improve health and care services.

Feedback from people who have previously used the guides includes:

“This course has been an absolutely invaluable gift to me. It has and will change so many aspects of my life. I am undoubtedly a better parent and more rounded and fulfilled person as a result. Some aspects have literally been like ‘Eureka’ moments to me! I WISH I’d known all this years ago”

“The Solihull Approach course I did made it clear parents don’t need lessons: daily life throws us enough of those. What we need is the space to step back and observe our children. We need some structured guidance to help us reflect on all the factors that make them behave the way they do; some developmental, some circumstantial.”

“I have found the online course very useful. Now, I take time to think more during difficult situations and during arguments with my kids.”

“It doesn't work all the time but bit by bit, we are working towards a less confrontational household!”

“It’s an absolutely brilliant course. And is a fantastic way to educate us all to pause and stop and try to see what’s behind the behaviour rather than responding to the behaviour. Applies to work colleagues/ friends/ acquaintances as well as kids! Win win win.”

For more information on maternity, from planning a pregnancy through to caring for a baby, visit our dedicated maternity pages.

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