Our parenting offer provides both group based and one to one services for all families with children less than five years of age.  It can be difficult bringing up little ones and our team are well trained in a variety of programmes and interventions to help you.

Development Workshops we offer a number of virtual workshops to support parents with their child’s development and various stages of their life. These workshops are delivered via Zoom and can be booked via our Eventbrite page. We offer workshops for:

  • Home Safety
  • Behaviour
  • Potty Training
  • Introducing Solid Foods

The Journey of Parenting (JOP) is a parenting programme generally 4-6 weeks in length and provide parents and carers with ideas and support in specific areas. Parents/carers will also have the opportunity to form friendships and support networks during this time. We offer four different courses:

  • JOP Antenatal this group is a six week programme aimed at parents/carers from 28-30 weeks gestation. The course will equip parents/carers with a greater understanding of labour and birth, baby cues, responsive feeding, bathing, changing, safe sleep, car safety and much more!
  • JOP Cruiser this session is a four-week programme aimed at parents/carers of babies aged 3 months to cruising. The course will equip parents/carers with a greater understanding of age appropriate milestones, realistic expectations of their child’s development, promoting a healthy brain development, effective routines and much more! Babies welcome to attend.
  • JOP Toddler this session is a four week programme aimed at parents/carers of children aged walking to 3 years. The course will equip parents/carers with a greater understanding of age appropriate milestones, realistic expectations of their child’s development, promoting a healthy brain development, effective routines and much more! Children welcome to attend.
  • JOP 3-5 this session is a four week programme aimed at parents/carers of children aged three to five years. The course will equip parents/carers with a greater understanding of strategies to support behaviour and boundaries, development milestones, health & self care (including oral health, toileting, healthy lifestyles, food and exercise), the importance of attachment and family well-being and much more! Children welcome to attend.

For more information or to book a place please follow the Eventbrite link below.

Eventbrite Link

Parents as First Teachers (PAFT) is a programme of fortnightly or monthly visits provided by a qualified PAFT Practitioner. It is targeted towards families with children under the age of five who need a bit of extra help and practical advice.  PAFT Practitioners can support individual families for a number of months on a one to one basis within their own home.  Access to PAFT is through a referral process so either speak to your health visitor or contact us directly.

Mind the Bump is a fortnightly women only well-being group, offering emotional support in a safe environment to address low mood, anxiety and/or depression during pregnancy.

Mind the Baby is a weekly well-being group offering emotional support in a safe environment to address low mood, anxiety and/or depression from birth of your baby until they are 6 months old.

My Choice enables women to think about their own choices and helps them understand the complexities of relationships. With skilled staff and peer group support you will have the opportunity to explore these feelings further, and learn more about healthy relationships.

For more information on the above courses please call us on 0300 323 0245.

Childcare. Finding a suitable nursery or preschool for your little one can be a daunting task.  Our team have close links with all early years’ providers in Bedford Borough and they can help with choosing the right setting for your family.  The family information service has a list of all providers in Bedford Borough or you can contact us if you would like some additional help.

Bespoke Support.  General one to one support can be provided for up to 6 weeks and be tailored according to your specific requirements.  Just get in touch or speak to a member of our team and we will gladly meet with you.  We can also help to put you in touch with other services in Bedford Borough which may have a specialism’s outside of the Children’s Centre remit such as special educational needs, disability, housing, employment etc.