Brighter Beginnings workshops


We're running a series of workshops for parents of young children with additional needs on some of the unique challenges you might face.

Our Brighter Beginnings workshops will be taking place over 2019 in five English regions - North West, North East, West Midlands, East Midlands and Yorkshire & Humber.

The workshops cover:

  • Where do we go from here.
  • Encouraging positive behaviour.
  • Money matters.
  • How to handle meetings.
  • Your child's education.
  • Communicating with professionals.
  • Understanding sleep.
  • Maintaining healthy relationships.

We've recently held workshops in Derby, Grimsby, Selly Oak and Ormskirk. In June we will be delivering workshops in Tyne & Wear and Manchester. Visit the Contact in your area section of our website to see what's happening in your area.

More about Brighter Beginnings 

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

The EYSEND 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