Accessibility Statement

Courses for parents and carers

 

Across Kirklees there are a number of parenting courses which can help with a range of issues that parents and carers can face when raising children with SEND.

The courses on this page are offered by a number of different providers and have different ways to get booked onto them.  We have included the details of how to do this for every course offered.

The following courses are offered by Early Support (opens link in same window)

Who is it for?

Suitable for parents/carers of children/young people with a diagnosis/on the path to a diagnosis of a SEN or Disability aged between 2 and 19 years.

Aims of programme:

The Nurturing Programme benefits both adults and children by promoting emotional literacy and emotional health, raising self-esteem, developing communication and social skills, teaching positive ways to resolve conflict, providing effective strategies to encourage co-operative responsible behaviour and manging challenging behaviour in children.  It also offers insights into the influence of feelings on behaviour and encourages adults to take time to look after themselves.  It is a fun and nurturing programme for parents.

What the sessions cover

  • Giving Praise Week Zero – Establishing a Group
  • Week One – Introducing the Nurturing Programme
  • Week Two – The Question of Discipline
  • Week Three – Rules, Rewards and Penalties
  • Week Four – Ages and Stages in Child Development, Helping Children Grow Up
  • Week Five – Personal Power and Self-Esteem, Choices and Consequences
  • Week Six – Feelings…and what we do with them, Communicating Clearing using “I” Statements
  • Week Seven – Kinds of Touch, Nurturing Ourselves
  • Week Eight – Issues around Sex, Helping Children Stay Safe
  • Week Nine – Behaviours to Ignore, Problem Solving and Negotiating
  • Week Ten – Continuing the Family Journey

How is it delivered?

2  hour sessions per week for 10 weeks

6-10 parents/carers per group

2 facilitators per group

Group sessions include the use of media, Flip Charts, groupwork activity, discussions and examples of games to play.

Parents/carers receive a programme handbook.

How can I find a group/ find out more?

Tel: 01484 456823

Further programme information is available from the programme developers:

Family Links (opens link in new window)

Who is it for?

Suitable for parents/carers of children pre-birth to 5 years who don’t have the necessary skills to provide a nurturing, enriching environment for their children. These parents may only have limited contact with their children and need to increase their parenting skills. Parents/carers who have not experienced warm, stimulating childhoods themselves and lack the basic knowledge and skills to provide a nurturing environment for their children

Aims of programme

  • Learn practical strategies to support Early Parenting
  • Increase parents/carers knowledge around how to support and respond to their child through play, effective communication, developmental movement and positive attachment
  • Provide hands on experiences to take away and practice at home or in contact
  • Understand the importance of playing and communicating with babies and children

What the sessions cover:

Attachment: Attachment describes the powerful relationship which develops between a child and their parent or carer from before birth. Providing children with a solid emotional base for them to learn, grow and become independent.

Developmental movement: Important to children’s all round development and for enjoying, living and learning. Early movement helps with later development such as reading and writing.

Communication and Language: Examine how parents/carers can support their child’s communication (language and listening) development through talk, play, books and everyday routines.  Children learn to communicate and talk through their involvement with the world and the people in it.

Play: Play is essential to how children learn about the world around them through their senses, taste, touch, hearing, sight and smell. Look in detail at schemas and how children’s play develops in the early years.

How is it delivered?

2-hour session per week for 5 weeks

Up to 10 parents per group

2 facilitators per group

Group sessions include the use of Media, Flip Charts, discussions and parents will gain practical experience making and playing with different materials e.g. playdough

How can I find a group/ find out more?

Tel: 01484 456823

Who is it for?

Suitable for parents/carers of children aged between 3 to 18 years old, who feel that they are struggling to manage the behaviour of their child/children.

Aim of programme

To strengthen parenting skills and prevent and manage behaviour problems.  Improve relationships between young people and their families.  Improve attendance at school, behaviour at home and in the wider community. Information is presented within a cultural framework, helping children to become socially competent, have a positive social awareness and increased self-esteem. The overarching aim is for all families to lead a violence free, healthy lifestyle

What the sessions cover

  • Positive Discipline
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Rites of Passage
  • Ethnic, Cultural, Spiritual, Family roots
  • Community involvement
  • Childhood characteristics
  • Parent/child relationship
  • Parent/carer modelling

How is it delivered?                          

3 hour sessions per week for 13 weeks.                    

8-15 parents/carers per group                                                          

2 facilitators per group                      

Group sessions include the use of Media, Flip charts, discussions and handouts.   

Parents/carers receive a programme handbook, which is available in a range of community languages.

How can I find a group/ find out more?

Tel: 01484 456823

Further programme information is available from the programme developers at:

Strengthening Families (opens link in new window)

Who is it for?

Suitable for any parent/carer who are or have at some point been victims of Domestic Abuse. The programme has been written to be gender neutral, so is suitable for both male and female victims. This programme is also available for Urdu/Punjabi speakers who have English as a second language. NB. Groups would never be mixed but arranged to meet the needs of the referrals.

What are the aims of the programme?

  • Liberty is adapted from the Freedom Programme, although retaining the principles of Freedom it is designed to be more accessible and inclusive to all victims of Domestic Abuse.
  • Participants will raise their awareness and be able to recognise the different tactics and beliefs of the dominator and the effects this has had on them and their children.
  • Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own story and the impact that Domestic Abuse has had on them and their family.
  • Increased awareness of the impact of Domestic Abuse on children and methods for increasing resilience for all the family.
  • Restorative practices will be utilised to help to rebuild healthy relationships, resolve difficulties and repair harm within the family to create change.
  • Raise awareness of how to keep safe
  • To raise awareness around Clare’s Law and safety planning including online safety
  • To raise awareness of future relationships including safe dating.

How is it delivered?

10 weekly 2 hour sessions the participants will be encouraged to reflect on their individual story and the impact that Domestic Abuse has had on them and their family.

Usually 10-16 in a group and at least 2 facilitators per group

Sessions will be a mix of creative and focussed group work tasks to enable participants to create a portfolio of work that they will be able to take away.

How can I find a group/ find out more?

Tel: 01484 456823

Who is it for?

For families where poor home conditions are having a negative impact on children’s life chances and ability to achieve. This programme has been developed in response to the negative impact of poor or inadequate living conditions on the lives of children, young people and their families and the impact these conditions have on child development

Aim of the programme

The aim is to encourage parents/carers to take responsibility for their home conditions including the safety and health and hygiene of themselves and their children.

  • Develop an understanding of what is and is not acceptable home conditions and how poor home conditions will have a negative impact on children‘s development.
  • Recognise factors that influence and support children’s development

What the sessions cover

The programme has six learning modules: Parents/carers attend weekly 2 hour sessions over 12 weeks covering

  • Healthy eating and budgeting
  • Health and hygiene in the home
  • Household skills
  • Identify fire hazards
  • Importance of physical activity
  • Importance of rest and sleep

How is it delivered?

The 6 modules are a mixture of worksheets and practical skills to try during the session and practice at home with their families.

How can I find a group/ find out more?

Tel: 01484 456823

Who is it for?

An evidence based online parenting programme for parents/carers of children from 0-19 for parents who would like to use effective positive parenting strategies to make a difference to their children’s/young person’s development and wellbeing. Recognising that life can be stressful and challenging at times but things can change for the better

What are the aims of the programme?

Triple P Online covers all the strategies a parent would learn by doing a similar face-to-face parenting programme, with comparable or better ability to reduce social, emotional, and behavioural issues in children and improve their parents' confidence and capability, while also reducing parental levels of stress and depression

Sessions include.

Both versions promote positive parenting strategies, coping and self-care skills. The teen programme also covers emotional and risky behaviours associated with young people.

8 modules for 0-12 package including:

  • Coping with difficulties and emotional stress
  • Encourage good behaviour
  • Prevent tantrums and manage misbehaviour
  • Take the stress out of daily tasks
  • Manage problems calmly, encourage cooperation and following instructions
  • Strengthen the parent child relationship

6 modules for teen package including:

  • Improve communication with your teenager
  • Build a stronger relationship
  • Agree on rules
  • Deal calmly with conflict
  • Navigate emotional ups and downs
  • Equip young people to manage life challenges

How is it delivered?

Parents to complete at their own pace and at a time that suits them with the addition of wrap around support from the parenting team, supporting parents through the programme, regular check ins and regular meetings via Microsoft Teams with groups of other parents to share experiences and embed the learning

How can I find a group/ find out more?

Tel: 01484 456823

Further programme information is available from the programme developers at: 

Triple P (opens link in new window)

Who is it for?

STEPS – For parents/carers who would like to increase their confidence and set new goals in their life.

Aims of programme

  • To build confidence and self-esteem
  • To realise own potential
  • To understand their beliefs about themselves

What the sessions cover

  • What are we leaving out?
  • What is the Truth?
  • Believing is Seeing!
  • How Our Mind Works
  • Who Do You Listen To?
  • Affirmations Make it Happen!
  • What Do You Think About?
  • Stretch Your Comfort Zones
  • Motivation is an Inside Job
  • Understanding Change
  • Set Goals and Create Your Future
  • The Importance of Self-Esteem
  • Be Your Own Sculptor

How to find out more information: 

email: adultlearning@kirklees.gov.uk 

 

Do you want to find out more about how you can support your child in preparing to return to education? This workshop looks to provide parents and carers a chance to explore and discuss practical ideas and advice on supporting children and young people back into school.

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Information about what anxiety is and resources to support manage anxiety when this becomes overwhelming.

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Workshops aimed at raising awareness and better understanding of Autism. Take the opportunity to see what autism is from the perspective of autistic people through videos and information presented by the ASC family worker, meet others and share your experiences in a relaxed environment.

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A peer support session for parent/carers in Kirklees of children and young people who are experiencing challenges to their emotional and mental health.

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A look at the relationship between food and mood, how to make food fun and look at behaviours that may indicate there is an issue.

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Understanding the importance of how we talk and interact with young people to minimise communication breakdown.

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A parenting support programme for parents and carers of children and young people aged 5–18 with a diagnosed autistic spectrum condition.

The Cygnet Parent Support Programme aims to support the needs of parents and carers who have
a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Conditions between the ages of 5 and 18.

There are 8 sessions and it is essential to attend all of them to get the most from the programme.
Sessions will last approximately 2 ½-3 hrs each.

Cygnet will run throughout the year. The venues will change for each delivery to enable access for
parents/carers across the district.

For more information, please see the Cygnet information sheet (opens PDF in new window)

or contact Thriving Kirklees (opens link in new window) on 0300 3045555

Last updated: 31/05/2023

Useful links

Northorpe Hall Courses

Northorpe Hall Parenting courses