Families and Parenting

Children don't come with an instruction book and every one is different.

Pre-school offers its own support to parents/carers through informal chats and a monthly get together with other parents to share the ups and downs of parenting and look at solutions and share advice. Please check calendar page or the parents board at pre-school for actual dates.

The links below offer access to advice about parenting and cover issues such as toileting, sleeping, eating, behaviour etc.

Children's Centres
Your local Children's Centre brings together a range of support and outreach including health and family support and can signpost you to early education and childcare.

You can find your nearest Children's Centre in Wiltshire here.
For a national search please click here.

Home Start
Home-Start is the UK's leading family support organisation for families with children in the 5+ age group. Home-Start volunteers provide emotional and practical support and friendship to families in their own homes. By doing so they represent a lifeline for many families when things are difficult.

Wiltshire Family Information Service
Supports Wiltshire's parents through the provision of information, advice and services.  This includes childcare and early years education, special educational needs, holiday childcare and activities, family issues, finance and schools.

BBC support for parents
A CBeebies site that covers a wide range of issues from birth, child development, health issues, starting school, early phonics, exercise, how to rise a bike, fun activities for the outdoors and lots more!!

The National Childbirth Trust
The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) offers support in pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood. THE NCT aims to give every parent the chance to make informed choices, with services, activities and memberships fully accessible to everyone.

gov.uk features the widest range of government information and services. The site has an extensive section for parents, including information on finding a school, healthy eating, special educational needs and youth justice. In addition to government departments, the site also links through to relevant third parties that can offer additional trusted advice and support.

Netmums  is an online parenting organisation offering information on everything from finding playgroups to healthy eating. There are also a range of articles and further reading.

Gingerbread   Provides support for single parents

dadathome A web site for dads bringing up their children.

fatherhoodinstitute  Focuses on father-inclusive approaches to families.

Dads House is a charity set up to help single dads in the practicalities of looking after their children on their own.