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Parenting Support

Being a parent is rewarding, watching your children grow and helping them to find their independence. Parenting can also be really hard work!! In this section you will find a range of national and local services relating to family life including parenting and support services from pre-pregnancy to adulthood.

For a comprehensive list of local services click on the 'View all services and advice’ link on the right hand side of the page.

The banner below provide links to national websites containing information, advice and resources on a number of topics.

Information and Advice

From pregnancy to breastfeeding to learning how to potty train the NHS choices Pregnancy, Baby and Toddler  site  provides a guide to everything you need to know.  

The What to Expect, When page featured on the Foundation Years website offers a range of information, advice and guidance to help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years

This Child Health 6-15 years contains advice on a range of subjects including healthy weights, sleep and bullying.

Getting teenagers to talk openly about what's bothering them can be hard. Follow these tips to help get them talking to you about their worries.

Family Lives is a charity specialising in families. You can call their confidential helpline on 0808 800 2222 (9am-9pm Monday to Friday, 10am-3pm Saturday to Sunday). You can also visit their forums.

Young Minds have produced a parent survival guide. They also offer a national helpline

Gingerbread provide advice, practical support and campaign for single parents

NHS Choices have produced a large number of short videos for their Youtube channel on a wide range of aspects of parenting, family relationships, child development and health and wellbeing.

This link takes you to the playlist section with answers to questions and scenarios that can help. This includes;

  • Parents, Pregnancy and Birth,
  • Breastfeeding Your Baby
  • Parents, Babies and Toddlers
  • Vaccinations
  • Teen Health
  • Mental Health
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