Lewisham Children & Family Centre

We are open and running a limited number of sessions from our centres.

See the Timetable Page for more information.

 

 

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

With this in mind, the parenting team have written some blog posts on different areas of parenting:

  • Praise is a powerful and effective strategy, it is free and there is an endless supply. A little bit of praise can go a long way. Read more in this blog post.
  • Is your glass empty or half full? In this blog post we discuss the power of positive language.

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 courses starting soon (see the posters on the left for details) parenting courses for parents of Primary School aged children and Triple P Discussion Groups on Bedtime Routine and Managing Aggression. For more details see our Timetable Page for dates of our next courses.
  • Receive 1:1 support for one of our Family Practitioners including support with accessing specific services that might help you with any difficulties you might be having, and access to employment and benefits advice too.
  • Join one of our sessions, face to face in our centres or online – see our current timetable for more details.
  • Read our blog posts on a wide range of subjects from WeaningRoutines and Mental Health, plus many more. Use the search box above to find 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.

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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