Lewisham Children & Family Centre

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update 

We are not currently running face to face sessions until further notice, in order to comply with national and local government guidance. Our online sessions are still running, please see our timetable page for more details.

We are still providing Family and Parenting Support and you can request 1:1 support by filling out our contact us form or emailing Lewisham.Secure@eyalliance.org.uk

If you have any questions about your child’s development or need any other help and would like to talk to a member of the team, please send us a message via our contact us form.

We’re in complicated and uncertain times and we know that many families face challenges and uncertainty.  

With this in mind, we have put together some links below to information, tips, videos and ideas from charities and organisations to help support you with any parenting issues you might be experiencing, or to help you if your child displays behaviour you are finding challenging at this time. 

You can also contact us for information and support with anything that is troubling you. 

You can:

  • Join one of our online parenting programmes. We have an Incredible Years course starting soon, see poster for details, a parenting course for parents of Primary School aged children and Triple P Discussion Groups on Bedtime Routine and Managing Aggression. For more details and to join  one of our parenting courses please fill out the Parenting Request Form below.
  • Speak to one of our Early Years Practitioners or Outreach workers for general advice.
  • Receive 1:1 support for one of our Family Support Workers
  • Read our blog posts on a wide range of subjects from Weaning, Routines and Mental Health, plus many more.
  • Join one our our face to face sessions in our centres – see our current timetable for more information.

Fill out our enquiry form and a member of our team will be in touch to talk about the best way to help you or request a place on our next parenting course by filling out the reqest form below.

PROFESSIONALS can refer families using this online form or by 

Parenting during Covid 19

COVID-19 represents a challenge to families around the world that is unlike anything we have ever experienced. Most parents when confronted with a highly stressful situation like this have a basic concern for the wellbeing and safety of their children.  

To care for children effectively, parents must also look after themselves and Triple Parenting have produced two documents which you might find useful:    

The Triple P website also has some great videos on subjects including routines, keeping children occupied and encouraging positive behaviour. https://www.triplep-parenting.uk.net/uk-en/blog-and-videos/watch-videos/parenting-during-covid-19/

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. The NHS website has information on dealing with difficult behaviour. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/dealing-with-difficult-behaviour/ 

 

The National Autistic Society has latest guidance and handy tips for autistic people and families during this time of uncertainty. https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/coronavirus/resources.aspx 

 

The Institute of Health Visiting is dedicated to supporting the health and wellbeing of all families and are putting together links and resources from trusted organisations and websites to support you during the COVID-19 pandemic. They will be developing and adding new resources to support families over the coming months, during the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond. https://ihv.org.uk/families/parenting-through-coronavirus-covid-19/ 

 

The NSPCC has created a new webpage with information and advice for parents or carers who are worried a child or young person may be struggling with their mental health or has anxiety about Coronavirus. 

The webpage includes information on: 

  • talking about feelings and worries 
  • keeping in touch and balancing screen time 
  • ways to create structure and routine 
  • and helping to give children a sense of control 

NSPCC – Talking to a child worried about coronavirus. 

 

Mary Gorden, founder of Roots of Empathy, has posted a video about helping children to deal with the anxiety around Corona Virus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBuuax9MJSU 

 

Television news reports, newspaper headlines and of course conversations at home are dominated by the latest developments in this fast-moving global health emergency. 

Consequently, it is inevitable that even very young children will pick up on the levels of anxiety around them about the virus, even if they do not fully understand the context of the current situation. 

Therefore, it is important you respond to any concerns that children express in a sensitive and age-appropriate manner.  

This post from Family Corner talks about answering children’s questions about Coronavirus. https://www.familycorner.co.uk/talking-children-about-coronavirus 

 

Dr Dawn Bradley has put together this ACTIVITY MENU pdf document to help families structure their time while children are at home. 

The menu is an aid to help you think about how you could structure your time, there is no right or wrong and you can add your own ideas and have fun trying new things! 

 

We hope these links are useful but if you require any support you can also contact Lewisham Children and Family Centres for support by filling out our online enquiry form and some will contact you.

 

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