Seminars and workshop

Parenting Advice

We offer seminars, workshops, tip sheets, articles and other information on the following topics. All sessions can be tailored to suit your audience and time frame:

  • Choosing Childcare.
  • Choosing toys for children.
  • Extra Curricular Activities.
  • Stress Triggers for Parents.
  • Work-life balance – the Parent-Centred Parenting approach.
  • How to Balance your Child’s Play Diet.

All seminar topics can be delivered as interactive workshops, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Choosing Childcare

Understanding the pros and cons of the various childcare options can help parents feel more in control of their deci- sion to return to work.
This session: helps parents to make informed decisions that are right for their individual family. Our practical advice on questions to ask prospective childcare professionals and tips on how to manage the transition into childcare take the guess work out of choosing childcare.

Work-Life Balance – The Parent-Centred Parenting Approach

Bye Bye Martyr mum and do it all dad. We have news for you – the best thing you can do for your children is to be a healthy, happy role model. Well-respected research finally gives parents the insight to regain their balance in life and the reassurance that by doing so, they will be benefitting their children.

This session: briefly explains some key theories of child develop- ment and shows how by looking after their own needs, parents are better able to function in all areas of their life.

Extra Curricular Activities

The pros and cons.
From ballet to boxing, music to mandarin, there are after school clubs for almost everything imaginable, but how much of this is reasonable and can children have too much of a good thing? This session: encourages parents to take a step back and look at the needs of the whole family when assessing the value of extra-curricular activites.

How To Balance Your Child’s Play Diet

‘I want I want I want’
‘But EVERYONE else has one’
‘But WHY not?’
These all-too-familiar refrains are enough to drive anyone to distraction. This session: takes a refreshingly pragmatic view on pester power and encour- ages parents to pick their battles. We give parents tips on how to respond to children’s repeated requests as well as an understanding of children’s developing sense of identity and desire to belong.

Stress Triggers for Parents Eating, sleeping and getting out of the door!

Parents of preschool children often tell us they have times of the day that they dread. These common flash points can make every day seem like a struggle.
This session: includes easy to implement tips as well as an under- standing of the child’s perspective and has been described as a ‘life-saver’!

Choosing Toys for Children

Pester power is a nightmare for parents. How do you know whether this year’s ‘must have’ toy is suitable for your child? What if your child has special needs or particular interests? How do you find toys that will help with a subject at school?
This session: helps parents understand what to look for when choosing toys and gives useful tips on how to research the toys and try before they buy to ensure toys don’t end up being.

Tech for the family

We offer seminars, workshops, tip sheets, articles and other information on the following topics. All sessions can be tailored to suit your audience and time frame:

  • Choosing apps for children.
  • Cyber bullying and ‘Keeping Kids Safe in a Digital World’.
  • Tablets for Children: Choosing, Managing and Safety.
  • Are Apps and technology good for children.
  • Should my child use Social Media.

All seminar topics can be delivered as interactive workshops, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Tablets for Children: Choosing, Managing and Safety

Today’s children are ‘digital natives’ often starting to use apps and website from an early age. This can be a daunting new world for parents to navigate from choosing what to allow children to use when to ever increasing concerns about online safety.

This session: helps parents understand the issues better, allowing them to choose and manage tablets and other technology for children, as well as providing practical advice on eSafety concerns and screen time management. Parents leave this session feeling empowered to make informed decisions about their children’s engagement with technology.

Are Apps and Tech Good for Kids

There are almost as many articles in the press about how valuable technology can be for children as those that tell us how dangerous they are. This leaves parents entirely confused about what to do for the best.

This session: cuts through the headlines to give you a clear and simple picture of both the concerns and benefits of technology and screen time for children. It helps parents to decide what is best for their situation and provides advice on how to limit screen time, balance your child’s play diet and optimise the benefits of time on tablets/mobiles/apps ensuring your child is best prepared for a world full of technology.

Should My Child Use Social Media

Deciding when to allow your child to use social media is only the start. Then there is the issue of which platforms – is snapchat safer than instagram? Most importantly, how do you teach your child about the risks of social media and help them learn to use it responsibly.

This session: helps parents understand the developmen- tal abilities needed for children to be able to cope with social media interactions, reviews the different social media platforms and gives parents tips on how to communicate with their children about it.

Choosing Apps for Children

With an ever increasing number of apps targeted at children on the market it can be incredibly hard for parents to know what to get for their children. Parents would rather their children were learning and developing as they play rather than focusing on low quality games with no educational value – but how do you go about finding such apps, particularly ones that your children will enjoy and want to play?

This session: gives parents advice to help them to decide on the sort of apps that will most benefit your specific child, and tips on how to find, choose and manage the best apps for your family.

Cyberbullying and Keeping Kids Safe in a Digtial World

In an increasingly digital world, parents often feel left behind by their children’s technology. It is very difficult to manage something you don’t understand, but the digital world does have dangers that children need help with.
This session: provides parents with a basic understanding of esaftey. It then moves on to look at social media, cyber bullying and gives parents practical, non-techy advice on keeping children safe online.

 

Child Development

We offer seminars, workshops, tip sheets, articles and other information on the following topics. All sessions can be tailored to suit your audience and time frame:

  • What Happens When.
  • Anxiety and children’s mental health.
  • The importance of social development .
  • The Power of Play.

All seminar topics can be delivered as interactive workshops, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

The Importance of Social Development

No more hot housing! Many parents believe that teaching children to read, write or count is the best way to prepare children for school – It’s not! Social development is a critical factor, and a child’s social ability as they enter school is a strong predictor of their academic achievements at 16+.

This session: demonstrates the importance of social development and gives parents play ideas and practical advice to encourage children’s social skills.

What Happens When

Key milestones in the first 5 years.
Children don’t come with a manual and yet parents are expected to know what is supposed to happen at each stage of development. This session: helps parents understand more about key
milestones and how to support their child’s development without becoming ‘pushy parents’ thus increasing parents’ confidence and reducing anxiety.

Anxiety and Children’s Mental Health

Increasing numbers of children are being diagnosed with anxiety and depression with over 80% of adult mental health issues starting before a child turns 15. Support for children’s mental health is sporadic but there is a lot that parents can do at home to support their children’s emotional development and help protect them against many of the increasingly common conditions.

This session: focuses on helping parents recognise early signs of anxiety and other mental health issues and provide advice on protective behaviours and signposts sources of additional support

The Power of Play

Play is what children do. Harnessing the power of play can reduce stress, promote children’s development and enhance social interaction and academic achievement is the best and most enjoyable way to manage your family life.

This session: looks at the different types of play and helps parents understand and implement a balanced play diet