Supporting Parents and Carers:

Being a parent is one of the most rewarding and challenging role in life. We all hope that children can be supported from birth to:

  • Feel good about themselves
  • Know they are heard and loved
  • Develop and learn

We want them to be able to equip themselves with the life skills they need to grow up happy, healthy and successful – but sometimes this responsibility can feel quite overwhelming as a parent.

Our Children Centre offers early intervention family support which aims to help families find solutions to problems or challenges before they start to take over family life. We work with families to build confidence and resilience.


Our services for families include:

  • Weekly drop in groups
  • Parenting Support programmes – for example ‘Family Feelings’
  • Information sessions on child development, early learning, health
  • 1:1 Family Support

For more information, see our weekly family support timetable or ring our centre on 0117 9030337.


1:1 Family Support

Our qualified and skilled Family Support workers can offer specific 1:1 family support and signposting. This service is confidential and we will not disclose any information to any party without your agreement, unless we consider a child or adult is at risk of harm.


Arranging to meet a Family Support Worker

As a parent or carer you can refer yourself to 1:1 support by contacting us at St Pauls Nursery School or Children’s Centre by telephone of email, coming along to one of our groups or popping in for a confidential chat. You could also ask your health visitor to refer you to our service.

What we can offer:

We recognise that you know your child better than anyone and that you want what is best for your child. We don’t have all the answers, but we can help you to find them by:

  • Providing information on local activities and services
  • Meeting with you face to face at a place you feel comfortable to talk things through
  • Offering support and advise around a variety of issues such as:
    • Positive parenting, boundaries and managing behaviour
    • Child development
    • Support at key times erg birth of a new baby, settling into pre-school and school
    • Your own well-being and self confidence
    • Financial worries and difficulties including debt, benefits, and housing issues
  • Suggesting fun activities for families to enjoy at home which will support learning and development


What happens if you refer yourself?

Contact us to arrange a first meeting in a place that you feel comfortable. At this meeting you will have the opportunity to discuss your concerns and for us to agree how we can best support you.

Our 1:1 work will generally be short term ( 4-6 visits) with ongoing support through the groups and activities at the Children’s Centre.