From today, Thursday 1 October, Barnsley Council’s Family Centres are offering a series of free online parenting courses for anyone interested in learning more about becoming a parent or supporting a child through their early years to teenagerhood.
There are four courses available, which are suitable for anyone involved in a child’s life – parents, carers, grandparents, aunties and uncles or other relative and family friends. Each course is made up of small modules which users can work through at their own speed. There is a mixture of videos, animations, reading and sections to test knowledge. Each course has a section to make sure that everyone is included in the learning.
The four courses include:
- Understanding pregnancy, labour, birth and your baby. This course is written by registered Midwives and NHS professionals.
- Understanding your baby: an online course for everyone around the baby, supporting you and the new arrival. This is written by psychologists, psychotherapists and health visitors.
- Understanding your child (0-19 years – main course). An online course about being the best parent, grandparent or carer you can be.
- Understanding your teenager’s brain (short course). Find out what happens to the mind as a child hits adolescence, and how this explains some of the changes in their behaviour.
The courses will help people through every stage of having a child, and provide useful strategies, information and reassurance. They can be accessed on mobile and desktop devices.
To sign up, visit Barnsley Family Services Directory and scroll to the section ‘Online Parenting Programmes’. Input the code TOWN SPIRIT to access the courses.
Cllr Margaret Bruff, Cabinet Spokesperson for Children’s Services, said: “These courses are a brilliant opportunity for anyone needing a bit of advice or help through the journey of becoming and being a parent. If you’re a parent, carer, grandparent, auntie, uncle or in some way related to a child’s life and want to understand more, please get in touch.
“We know that parents across Barnsley are doing a brilliant job, but everyone needs a little reassurance every now and then. If you’re wanting to learn new strategies and understand ways of communicating and recognising behaviour, then I’d encourage you to sign up today.
“These courses complement our face-to-face parent support and the early help offer in Barnsley.”