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L'înformâtion et les sèrvices publyis pouor I'Île dé Jèrri

The Bridge: parenting support services

​​​​Parenting Support Services

We aim to help mums, dads and carers by providing education, advice and guidance about positive parenting. We offer a number of courses and activities and these are based on the age of your child. 

Each family is different but we aim to provide help that will be useful when you are thinking about  the needs and behaviour of your own children.

Drop in facility​​

We have a confidential drop-in service fo​r any parents or carers who have questions or need to talk. This is available on a Friday from 9am to 12pm and is led by an e​xperienced, qualified counsellor. ​

One to one sessions

Free confidential consultations with a counsellor are available for parents and carers. Book by phone on  + 44 (0) 1534 449481.


Our programmes cover parenting theory and skills you might need as you child grows from birth to puberty. The programmes are run by trained staff and give parents an opportunity to share ideas, practise skills and learn about the a child's development and the physical changes that take place as they grow. 

We look at issues such as:

  • sleeping problems
  • weaning
  • toileting 
  • interaction with young children
  • teenage matters​ such as sexting, bullying, social networking and attending school

These are group sessions and enable peeople to reflect on successes and develop different strategies for effective parenting.

Parenting programmes​

These are the courses and dates for 2016. They all take place at The Bridge.

Programme​Content​Day and time ​​Start dates​Number of weeks / finish date
The incredible years​The journey from 0 to 10​Tuesdays, ​7pm to 9pm​3 May​6 weeks until 14 June
Circle of security​Caring for children from 0 to 10​Mondays, 7pm to 9pm16 May​8 weeks until 11 July
​Blame my brain​Parenting of teenagers

​Thursdays, ​7pm to 9pm

28 April​​6 weeks until 9 June
Keeping children in mind​Advice for separated or divorced parents​Last Wednesday of the month, 6pm to 9pm27 April​Three-hour workshop
​Keeping children in mind​Advice for separated or divorced parents​Last Friday​ of the month, ​9.30am to 12.30pm29 April​Three-hour workshop


The incredible years​ programme

A six week programme for 0 to 10 year olds, looking at how our children are developing from a dependent baby into a young person in their own right. 

How to apply

Download, print and fill out the form below and return it to us at the address on the form.​

Download The Incredible Years application for​m (size 442kb)

Circle of security

This 10 week programme is for parents / carers with children from zero to 10 years. 

The programme helps parents and carers think about different ways to look after their children and looks at ways of strengthening how this can be done. 

Each session lasts two hours.

How to apply

Download, print and fill out the form below and return it to us at the address on the form.

Download circle of security application form (size 492kb)

Blame my brain programme

A six week programme that aims to help parents increase their understanding of their changing role and of their teenager’s needs.

Adolescence is a time of huge pressures; educational, social and emotional. For many, this period of change results in conflict and challenges.

The programme aims to help parents take control of their difficulties with their teenager and find their own solutions through having a greater understanding of adolescence.

How to apply

Download, print and fill out the form below and return it to us at the address on the form.

Keeping children in mind programme

Are you thinking of separating, separated or divorced and worried about doing the best for your children at this difficult time?

Our three hour course looks at ways of managing and moving the family forward by:

  • talking to children about separation and divorce
  • the effects of this life changing event on children and adults
  • practical ideas on developing  a co-operative parenting relationship with your ex-partner
  • how to deal with less than ideal situations

How to apply

Download, print and fill out the form below and return it to the address on the form.

Download keeping children in mind application form (size 169kb)

JELLY clubs

The Jersey Early Learning Literacy Years (JELLY) Clubs have been developed by Parenting Support Services in partnership with the Bridge and Jersey Library. 

The aim is to help parents / carers to find out how they can help their child develop literacy skills.

The club welcomes pre-school children with mum, dad or carer.

It is a fun time that puts emphasis on music, stories and rhyme and singing and gives parents / carers a space to relax and enjoy time with their child.

JELLY club schedule

You can find out when the JELLY club sessions are running using the table below.

​Day ​​Venue​Programme​Age​Times​Start dates​Finish date
​Monday​Springfield School​Jelly babies​4 to 12 months​10am to 11am​18 April for 10 weeks​11 July
​Tuesday​La Moye​Jelly babies and mix​1 to 4 years​9.45am to 10.45am​19 April for 10 weeks​28 June
​Wednesday​Springfield School​Jelly mix​1 to 4 years​10am to 11am​27 April for 9 weeks​13 July
​Wednesday​Bel Royal School​Jelly babies​4 to 12 months​1.15pm to 2.15pm

​27 April for 9 weeks​13 July
​Thursday​Elimrock​Jelly tots​12 to 24 months​10am to 11am​21 April for 10 weeks ​30 June
​Thursday​Rouge Bouillon​Jelly mix​1 to 4 years​9.30am to 10.30am​21 April for 10 weeks​30 June
​Friday​Grands Vaux School​Jelly mix​1 to 4 years​9.45am to 10.45am​6 May for 10 weeks​15​ July 
​Friday​Plat Douet School​Jelly mix​1 to 4 years​9am to 10am​29 April for 10 weeks​15 July​

Half term holiday is from Tuesday 31 may to Friday 3 June

Public holidays are on 2 May, 9 May and 30 May. 

How to apply

Download, print and fill out the form below and return it to the address detailed on the form.

'​Working with Parents' qualification

We also ​​provide a level 3 qualification called 'Working with Parents'. 

For more information on the course, read the handb​ook below. 

The course is £600 and the n​ext start date is 19 October 2016. 

Download 'Working with Parents' qualification handbook (size 509kb)

The Parenting Strategy document

The Parenting Strategy document is a direct outcome of the Review of Parenting Services in Jersey which took place in 2007. 

This strategy has been formulated by a multi-agency partnership steering group, involving both statutory and voluntary agencies and is a result of wide consultation, including parents.

Download Parenting Strategy document (si​ze 462kb)​​​​​​​​​​​​

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