Barnardo’s Responses for Requests for IOW Family Centre Based services as at April 2021

Request for support form Summary of parenting courses

Help needed with…

Services, sessions or response offered

Building a bond with baby

Baby Five to Thrive (Non Targeted) – 5 weeks. Supporting first time or vulnerable parents in building healthy relationships with their babies. Looking at the five building blocks of Respond, Talk, Play, Cuddle(Baby massage) and Relax that will help develop baby’s brain and encourage them to reach their full potential.

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Baby Incredible Years, 5 week evidence based programme for more vulnerable parents - focusing on supporting both vulnerable expectant parents & parents of a baby up to 6mths. Does NOT need to be a first time parent. Looking at bonding and attachment, nurturing, baby massage, communication & play, sleep and safety.

We would also encourage to attend our Baby Play sessions

Breastfeeding support

Breastfeeding support is available from our workers with specialist knowledge and can be offered via video calls or phone.

Breastfeeding workshops (for parents pre birth or with new babies) are being offered as virtual classroom session – bookings via Isle of Wight Family Centres Events | Eventbrite

Supporting children’s learning through play

Building Blocks for Toddlers

Volunteer led play sessions

Baby Play 0 - 12 months

Family Play – 0-4 years

Sessions weekly at West Newport, Sandown and Ryde Family Centres (term time only)

See our News and Updates page for the timings and locations

Developing Child’s Communication

Toddler Talk 1.5hr Workshop supporting children’s speech and language development.

This workshop is available to parents and carers of children aged 18m-3 years

Language builders – 4 week course for parents with children 2 to 2 ½ yrs. A programme supporting language development in children with delayed speech.  Valuable whilst children wait for a referral to come through from the Speech and Language Therapists.

Bookstart – 90 minutes session for parents with a 2 year old, promoting the benefits of sharing books and how this can promote language development.  Free gift of Books and resources to share with children – link to language builders page

Parenting skills for toddlers

Building Blocks for Toddlers a 5 week course that promotes positive relationships with young children through the following topics:-

  1. Play – stages of development
  2. Promoting language development
  3. The art of praise and encouragement
  4. Positive parenting strategies and managing behaviour
  5. Review of strategies via Zoom, or stay and play session

9 month-3 age group, parenting course for parents needing support with understanding their child’s stage of development and wanting strategies to manage what they are finding challenging.

Parents under 25s
Stay and Play session Little Paws at West Newport

Family Play

Parenting skills for pre-school

Depending on age and behaviours of the child/ren they are struggling with – Building Blocks 4 Toddlers or Family Links

or Getting Ready for School – see below

Advice re school readiness

Getting ready for school Workshop (1.5 hours)

A Virtual interactive session to help the whole family to prepare and adjust to school life. Based on the Five to Thrive approach, along with the Ready Child, Ready Family and Ready School model. Bookings via Eventbrite Isle of Wight Family Centres Events | Eventbrite

Getting Ready for school (4 week course) covering topics in more detail – request via the request for service form

Parenting skills for primary age children

Family Links – 11 week course suitable for 3-13 age group. Delivering face to face or via Virtual classrooms with pre reading and handbooks provided

Evidence based Nurturing Parenting programme to provide positive parenting strategies.

Week 0: introduction

Session 1: Giving Praise

Session 2: Discipline

Session 3: Rules, rewards and penalties

Session 4: Power and self esteem

Session 5: Feelings

Session 6: Kinds of touch

Session 7: Child development and realistic expectations Session 8: Sex and helping to keep children safe

Session 9: Types of behaviour to ignore

Session 10: Celebration!

Family Links

Advice and guidance relating to child to parent violence

Who’s in Charge? Parenting Programme. Sessions being provided either on a one to one by an allocated worker or offered as an online virtual or face to face group. Parents provided with pre reading materials and a zoom session to discuss content and work through the programme

This nine week group programme is for parents and carers who have a child aged 8-18 who currently appears to be beyond parental control or who uses violent and abusive behaviour towards them.

We recommend parents have completed Family Links, Teen Triple P, Cygnet or Parent Factor in the first instance

The course is 9 weeks , with the 9th week being 2 months after the 8th

The course aims to

  • Reduce parent’s feelings of isolation.
  • Challenge parent’s feelings of guilt.
  • Lessen deterministic thinking about causes
  • Reinforce belief in possibility of change
  • Clarify boundaries of what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour
  • Arm parents with some simple concepts that have proved empowering
  • Create meaningful and practical consequences for unacceptable behaviour.
  • Explore anger, both children’s and (often more usefully) parents’
  • Encourage assertiveness
  • Encourage self-care
  • Reinforce progress and provide emotional support

Who’s in charge

Parenting skills for teenagers

Teen Triple P – Currently offering self – led online package consists of 6 sessions. Face to Face offer from Autumn term if required.

The sessions explore the following themes which are vital to positive parent—teenage child relationships-

  • Effective parenting strategies
  • How to promote your child’s development
  • How to manage common teen behaviour problems
  • Principles to help you deal with almost any situation that might arise

Also see Who’s in Charge above

Teen triple p

Advice and guidance for parental conflict

Family Transitions – available from September

Family Transitions Triple P is a 5 weeks course, family intervention designed to be delivered to parents who are experiencing personal distress from separation or divorce, which is impacting on, or complicating, the task of parenting.

Session 1: Divorce - a family transition.

Session 2: Coping with emotions (1)

Session 3: Coping with emotions (2)

Session 4: Managing conflict

Session 5: Balancing work, family and play

Family Transitions

Advice on healthy eating and nutrition

Healthy Balance / Weaning Workshops

90 minute workshops offering advice and guidance for healthy eating, nutrition & physical activity linked to Change4Life health messages

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Advice and guidance for young parents

Under 25s stay and play sessions led by centre staff covering common parenting and child development topics

And all above

Advice and Support for children with ADHD

Parent Factor (ADHD parenting Programme) – for parents of children with ADHD. Pre or post diagnosis accepted direct from Paediatrician or letter from GP/Paediatrician as evidence.

Course will help to - Develop a better understanding of ADHD, Identify positive parenting strategies, Develop skills to support their child’s emotional well-being.

Provided as an online option or face to face or one to one advice and support in the centre or by phone

Parent Factor

Advice and support for children with ASC

CYGNET (ASC Parenting Programme)– 6 weeks, evidence based parenting programme for parents of children with a diagnosis or going through the process of getting a diagnosis for children on the autistic spectrum. Covering Sensory, Communication, Understanding behaviour, Managing behaviour. Additional 1 x Siblings session and 2 x Puberty, sexual wellbeing and relationships

Provided as an online option or face to face or one to one advice and support in the centre or by phone


Other support needs

Workers are able to signpost to external services ie relating to finance, housing, mental health etc and carry out an family assessment of need if required


West & Central Hub
East Newport Family Centre
PO30 2AX

01983 529208

North East Wight Hub
Ryde Family Centre
George Street
PO33 2JF

01983 617617

South Wight Hub
Sandown Family Centre
The Fairway
PO36 9EQ

01983 408718


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