Support for parents/carers of children.
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Fun resources for their development
BookTrust transforms lives by getting children and families reading Each year we reach millions of children across the UK with books, resources and support.
Indoor activity ideas to try at home!
Helpful Advice and Guidance
How to access the courses
- Use the link below to visit the In Our Place website
- Click on 'Start Now' and add the access code 'TAMAR' for free access
- Fill in some details to create an account
Parenting programmes are courses/groups that support you with some of the challenges of being a parent.
Use our helpful factsheets to find expert advice on key areas of looking after your new baby from when they are born to when they go to school.
Many of us will remember what it was like to listen to our parents arguing. The feelings of helplessness, panic and sadness. A desire to block it out or run away.
A reward chart is a tool for encouraging and praising the positive behaviour of your child.
There are lots of possible reasons for difficult behaviour in toddlers and young children. Often it's just because they're tired, hungry, overexcited, frustrated or bored.
Parents often feel helpless and in despair about their children’s behaviour and unsure of the best approach to tackle this.
Arguments between children can be upsetting for a parent.
Advice on becoming a stepfamily.
Living between two cultures – a ‘British’ way of life and the culture your parents or grandparents grew up with, can be a rich and fulfilling experience – but there can also be conflicts and challenges.
A guide to help parents and carers decide whether their child is ready to either stay at home or go out alone.
When most of us were children mobile phones didn’t even exist, so it can feel quite alien to us when our children feel the need to have one. The ever-growing market has tapped into the technology-thirsty young generation and there are even mobile phones for four-year-olds!
Homework can be a frustrating and upsetting experience for dyslexic students and their parents.
With all the pressure of school work, puberty, social life and other commitments playing their part, it's understandable that your child might sometimes feel a little overwhelmed by their homework.
All children are likely to have short absences from school when they are ill, but some children with a disability or health condition will have lengthy or repeated periods off school.
Attachment parenting is all about relationship quality. By creating an environment of love, encouragement, support and light-heartedness the child's innate wellbeing will shine through.
Universal Credit can be paid to top-up income from work or other benefits or if you have no other income. You do not need to work a certain number of hours to claim Universal Credit but you are expected to work or look for work as many hours as you are able to.
You get Child Benefit if you’re responsible for bringing up a child who is under 16 or under 20 if they stay in approved education or training.
All children are eligible for 15 hours of funded childcare from the term after they turn three! You don't need to do anything to claim this, just let your Ofsted registered childcare provider know that you want to use these hours.
Some 3 to 4-year-olds are eligible for 30 hours of free childcare a week, providing that you work a minimum number of hours each week. This link also includes information on the entitlement for foster parents/carers.
You can get up to £500 every 3 months (up to £2,000 a year) for each of your children to help with the costs of childcare. This goes up to £1,000 every 3 months if a child is disabled (up to £4,000 a year).
Council tax support helps people who have no income or a low income to pay their council tax.
Need additional information?
You can find out more by using the link below.
Support for Disabilities
Support for parents with children who have disabilities:
Are you a parent/carer of a child with additional needs or disabilities? Do you attend meetings with schools, health services and organisations? Do you lack confidence in attending these on your own and wish you had someone who could go with you? Parents 4 Parents…07591 019548
Are you the parent/carer of a child 0-25 with a disability or additional need? If so, please join us for a friendly chat with trained parent befrienders who can offer support and signpost. Also, meet with other parents/carers in a similar situation over a cuppa!
Cornwall’s SEND Local Offer helps families by gathering in one place, the information that they need to know in order to make informed choices about the support they receive.
The Max Card is the UK’s leading discount card for families of children with additional needs. Families can use their Max Card at venues across the UK to get free or discounted admission.
Support for parents who have disabilities:
The Special Parenting Service (SPS) supports parents with a learning disability or difficulty. Our team helps parents by providing specialist assessments and interventions to help them achieve their parenting potential and improve outcomes for their children. The service also provides specialist consultation to health and…01209 318358
The HANDi Paediatric app gives up to date advice about common childhood illnesses and how to treat them. It’s now available to download for free onto any Apple or Android smartphone or tablet. The app contains information about when and how to ask for help, along with what to expect when your child is being assessed.
This information is a constant work in progress, please get in touch with us if there's anything missing.