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

Parenting support services at The Bridge

​​​​​​​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.

Programmes

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 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 people to reflect on successes and develop different strategies for effective parenting.

Parenting programmes​

These are the courses and dates for 2016.

​Programme​Start date​Finish date​Number of weeks​Day​Times
​Blame My Brain​15 September​20 October​6 weeks​Thursday​7pm to 9pm
​Keeping Children in Mind​28 September​N/A​N/A​Last Wednesday of each month​6pm to 9pm
​The Incredible Years​27 September​1 November​6 weeks​Tuesday​7pm to 9pm
​Keeping Children in Mind​30 September​N/A​​N/A​Last Friday of each month​9.30am to 12.30pm 

Download parenting programme leaflet (size 967kb)​

​The incredib​le 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 leaflet (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 leaflet (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 leaflet (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 below.

​Day ​​Venue​Programme​Age​Times​Start dates​Finish date
​Monday​Springfield School​Jelly babies​4 to 12 months​10am to 11am19 September​5 December
​Tuesday​St Luke's School​Jelly mix​1 to 4 years​9.15am to 10.15am20 September6 December
​Wednesday​Springfield School​Jelly mix​1 to 4 years​10am to 11am​21 September14 December
​Wednesday​Bel Royal School​Jelly mix​1 to 4 years​1.15pm to 2.15pm

21 September14 December
​WednesdaySt Martin's School​Jelly mix​1 to 4 years​10.30am to 11.30am​21 September​14 December​
​Thursday​Elimrock​Jelly tots​12 to 24 months​10am to 11am22 September8 December
​Thursday​Rouge Bouillon​Jelly mix​1 to 4 years​9.30am to 10.30am22 September8 December
​Friday​Grands Vaux School​Jelly mix​1 to 4 years​9.45am to 10.45am23 September9 December
​Friday​Plat Douet School​Jelly mix​1 to 4 years​9am to 10am23 September​9 December




 Download JEL​LY club inf​ormation leaflet (size 828kb)​​

'​Working with Parents' qualification

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

This qualification has been developed to equip individuals working with parents with the essential skills and knowledge required to support parents in their parenting role. 

It will enable them to support parents in improving their understanding of their own role and their children's social, emotional, intellectual and physical needs in the context of family life. 

The level 3 qualification is aimed at learners who work or want to work as:

  • parent liason officers
  • parent support workers
  • family school links
  • parenting group leader / facilitator 
  • parenting support / home visitor 
  • senior support workers
  • nursery managers 

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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