Brighter Beginnings


Brighter Beginnings is for parents at the beginning of their journey.

Through a series of workshops, you'll learn how to tackle some of the unique challenges you might face in the early years. From where to find local support and getting the help you need in education, to support for your child's behaviour and understanding sleep.

Brighter Beginnings courses are taking place across England, and they're free for all parent carers. For booking information, email bookings@contact.org.uk

Upcoming dates

Bedford

York

Walsall

Stockton-on-Tees

Stockton-on-Tees - Understanding sleep workshop for parents of 0-8s, 27 January 2020

Venue: St John the Baptist primary school, St John's Way, Ragworth, Stockton-on-Tees TS19 0FB

Date: Monday 27 January 2020

Time: 9.00am - 11.30am

Understanding Sleep

  • The importance of sleep and why sleep problems may occur
  • How to introduce a sleep routine
  • Top tips to help

To book your free place please contact Lynn Iles on liles@jtbprimary.org or call 01642 607123 

York - Four-week course for parents of 0-8s, January/February 2020

Venue: York sports Club, Clifton park, Shipton road, York YO30 5OE

Date: Thursday 23 January

Where to find support & help in your area

  • Find out about the range of local and national support services available for you and your family.

Date: Thursday 30 January

How to handle meetings: practical hints & tips

  • Develop skills to feel more confident in making decisions about your child when meeting and communicating with professionals, and help you look after yourself and your family

Date: Thursday 6 February

Encouraging positive behaviour

  • We will look at why our children behave the way they do, how to encourage positive behaviour and top tips to help

Date: Thursday 13 February

How to get what you need for your child's education

  • We will focus on the educational support that children and young people are entitled to with regards to their special educational needs.

Come along and meet other parents in a relaxed environment, and find out information to support you and your family.

Bookings can be made by calling Helen Davies on 07966 161 753 or by emailing bookings@contact.org.uk. Additional childcare costs can be reimbursed if required. Please ask when booking.

Walsall - Four-week course for parents of 0-8s, February/March 2020

Venue: Education Development Centre, Pelsall Lane, Rushall, Walsall WS4 1NG 

Date: Friday 28 February

Where to find support & help in your area

  • Find out about the range of local and national support services available for you and your family.

Date: Friday 6 March

How to handle meetings: practical hints & tips

  • Develop skills to feel more confident in making decisions about your child when meeting and communicating with professionals, and help you look after yourself and your family

Date: Friday 13 March

Encouraging positive behaviour

  • We will look at why our children behave the way they do, how to encourage positive behaviour and top tips to help 

Date: Friday 20 March

How to get what you need for your child's education

  • We will focus on the educational support that children and young people are entitled to with regards to their special educational needs.

Come along and meet other parents in a relaxed environment, and find out information to support you and your family.

Bookings can be made by calling Helen Davies on 07966 161 753 or by emailing bookings@contact.org.uk or contact Walsall IASS(SEND) on 01922 650330 or iasssend@walsall.gov.uk additional childcare costs can be reimbursed if required. Please ask when booking.

Bedford - Five-week course for parents of 0-8s, January/February 2020

Venue: Child Development Centre, Hill Rise, Kempston, Bedford MK42 7EB

Date: Tuesday 14 January 2020, 9.45am refreshments, 10am-2pm (includes lunch - please notify us of any dietary requirements when you book)

Welcome session

  • Workshop agenda and getting to know each other

Understanding Sleep

  • The importance of sleep and why sleep problems may occur
  • How to introduce a sleep routine
  • Top tips to help

Date: Tuesday 21 January 2020, 9.45am refreshments, 10am-12.30pm

Building Parental Confidence

  • Develop better communication skills and recognise your strengths
  • Feel more confident to make decisions about your child
  • Prepare for meetings with professionals

Date: Tuesday 28 January 2020, 9.45am refreshments, 10am-12.30pm

Encouraging positive behaviour

  • Understand the reasons for behaviour
  • Working with others to encourage positive behaviour
  • Top tips to help

Tuesday 11 February 2020, 9.45am refreshments, 10am-12.30pm

Money matters

  • Know how to improve your finances
  • Understand what you're entitled to
  • Know where to get support

Date: Tuesday 25 February 2020, 9.45am refreshments, 10am-12.30pm

Support for you

  • Feel more confident in asking for support
  • Relationship support and Top Tips
  • Siblings support and Top Tips

To book your places please email bookings@contact.org.uk. If you need support with additional childcare in order to attend, please ask at the time of booking.

About our programme funders

Brighter Beginnings was created through the generous investment of an individual donor.

We can continue to offer this programme of support free to parent carers due to donations from a range of charitable funders and with the Department of Education, as part of the SEND partnership. 

More about the Early Years SEND Partnership

These workshops are part of the Early Years SEND partnership (special educational needs and disabilities) and are funded by the Department for Education. Contact is part of the Early Years SEND Partnership with the Council for Disabled Children, nasen, I CAN and the Communication Trust.

The Early Years SEND Partnership will provide support on SEND to early years settings and local authorities in the North West, the East Midlands, the North East, Yorkshire and Humber and the West Midlands.

As well as the Brighter Beginnings workshops, in 2019 Contact will be offering the following.

Train the trainer parent programme

We will co-produce, design and run a training offer which enables parent carers to increase their confidence and skills in order to deliver the parent programme.

By training parents to deliver the parent programme, Brighter Beginnings will support its own ongoing sustainability.

Training to practitioners

As part of the core project to early years practitioners, Contact will co-deliver with parents of disabled children a one-off training session, which aims to ensure the workforce empowers parents to enable them to get the best from their child's early year's entitlement.

The session will cover:

  • How to engage and work with parents.
  • How to empower parents to enable them to get the best from their child's Early years entitlement.
  • Improved practitioner confidence and knowledge on how to communicate and working with parents so developing a relationship with parents based on mutual trust and respect.

If you have any questions about the project, please email helen.davies@contact.org.uk

EYSEND Partnership