Summary of Parenting Workshops & Courses

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Age range

Family Centre Based/Virtual Programmes

From 24 weeks of Pregnancy

Welcome to the World  is an 8-week face-to-face group for parents expecting a baby. Parents attend the group from approximately 24 weeks of pregnancy. Topics include empathy and loving attentiveness, infant brain development, healthy eating choices, breast-feeding, infant care, managing stress and difficult feelings, promoting self-esteem and confidence, and the couple relationship.

Welcome to the World Leaflet

Pregnancy - 6 weeks

Breastfeeding Workshops (for parents pre birth or with new babies) are being offered as virtual classroom session.

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0 - 6 months

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. Bookings via Eventbrite Isle of Wight Family Centres Events | Eventbrite

Five to Thrive Leaflet

18 months - 3 years

Toddler Talk 2hr Workshop supporting children’s speech and language development.

This workshop is available to parents and carers of children aged 18m-2 years

Bookings via Eventbrite Isle of Wight Family Centres Events | Eventbrite

Toddler Talk Workshop Leaflet

2 – 3 years

Language Builders – A 4 week programme supporting language development in children with delayed speech. Activities to support attention and listening skills. Valuable whilst children wait for a referral to come through from the Speech and Language Therapists, however a referral does not need to be in place. The fourth week incorporates Bookstart – see below.

Language Builders Leaflet

2 – 3 years

Bookstart (Non Targeted) – 60 minutes, helps promote the benefits of sharing books and how this can promote language development. Free gift of Books and resources to share with children.

9 months – 3 years

Building Blocks for Toddlers – a 2 week workshop 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
Building Blocks for Toddlers Leaflet

3 – 5 years

Getting Ready for School Workshop (2 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

Can be booked via Eventbrite Isle of Wight Family Centres Events | Eventbrite

Getting Ready for School Workshop Leaflet

0 - 18 years

Healthy Balance Workshop

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

Bookings via Eventbrite Isle of Wight Family Centres Events | Eventbrite

Healthy Balance Workshop Leaflet

3 – 11 years

10 Week Nurture Programme,  which offers evidence based, positive, practical ways of guiding and nurturing children so that they learn how to handle both their feelings and their behaviour.

  • Develop an understanding on child development
  • Empathy and praise within the family
  • Establish family rules, rewards and positive discipline
  • Personal power and self esteem
  • Staying safe around sex and online safety
  • Actively ignoring, problem solving and negotiating
  • A whole family approach around your journey
10 Week Nurturing Programme Leaflet

3 – 5 years

Parenting Puzzle - 4 week Evidence based Programme for Parents which offers parenting strategies to support children’s development and school readiness.

  • Understanding your children’s behaviour
  • Listening and how babies and children communicate
  • Praise and encouragement
  • Praise and guidance
  • Power of play and positive movement
  • Boundaries and parenting styles
  • Understanding and managing behaviour
  • Looking after ourselves
  • Dealing with stress and conflict
  • Developing the Family Toolkit
Parenting Puzzle Leaflet

0 - 18 years

Supporting Parent Relationships - One Plus One Digital Resource

Designed to help parents reflect on conflict in their relationship with current or ex-partners. This resource contains 4 main sections:

  • You me and baby too
  • Arguing better
  • Getting it right for children
  • Debt and Relationships
One Plus One

8 - 17 years

Who’s in Charge? Parenting 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

An eight week course, with a final review session after a two month period of implementing strategies within the home.

The course aims to:

  • Reduce parent’s feelings of isolation.
  • Challenge parent’s feelings of guilt.
  • Lessen deterministic thinking about causes - it is always multi-causal.
  • 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 Leaflet

3 – 18 years

Support for neurodiverse families - Provides evidenced based skills building programmes for parents and carers who have children aged 3-17 who have a diagnosis for Autism or ADHD or are on the pathway. We offer the following programmes with wrap-around support:

  • Cygnet (for ASC) Core programme, with additional supporting siblings and puberty, sexual wellbeing and relationships modules
  • The Parent Factor for ADHD
  • Family Links The Nurture Programme
  • Talking Teens
  • Right from the Start (suitable from 3-5 year olds on the Autistic pathway)

Support for Neurodiverse Families Referral Form

13+ years

Talking Teens - 4 week online via zoom evidence based course for parents or carers of Teenagers

  • Exploring the importance of parents for teenagers
  • Developing parents' understanding of teenage development and the influence of brain development on behaviour
  • Developing parents' understanding of the importance of listening, verbal, and non-verbal communication
  • Promoting positive approaches to boundary setting and problem-solving
  • Providing an opportunity for parents to share their experience with others

Talking Teens Leaflet

12 - 16 years

Talking Teens Online Workshop - 2.5 hours - A one-off workshop covering the principles and strategies of the talking teens programme. Parents can choose to attend the full course afterwards

5 - 19 years

Child Wellbeing Practitioners (CWPs) support children and young people who have anxiety or symptoms of anxiety, and depression or symptoms of depression, through the delivery of low intensity, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), informed programmes.

The referral will be triaged and if viewed to be an appropriate case for the CWPs to work with, the parents/carer and child will be invited to an initial assessment.

This initial assessment will determine if the programmes of support are suitable for the child and parent, and which programme would be most beneficial. The CWP will work solely with the parent if the child is 12 and under, and they will work directly with young people aged 13-19. On occasions the CWP may work with the young person and parent together.


Newport Family Hub
PO30 2AX

01983 529208

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George Street
PO33 2JF

01983 617617

Sandown Family Hub
The Fairway
PO36 9EQ

01983 408718


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