Information for families in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Programme support for 0 to 5 year olds

We provide a range of programmes designed to support families with children aged 0 to 5 year olds including speech, language and communication development and understanding the importance of brain development through effective home learning strategies.

Please see the sections below for further information on our programme offer. Access to programmes requires completion of a request for support form which can be found in the downloads section. We will then review your application to see if you meet the eligibility criteria for the programme. For further information please contact your local Family Hub

All programmes delivered in the family hubs have a home learning element, with resources and strategies provided, so that parents and carers can put what they have learnt into practice and reflect on how it went. 

Our family hubs provide a range of activity sheets and video's, giving you lots of fun and educational things to do with your child at home. 

Let’s Talk with Your Baby (for babies three to 12 months)

A practical, interactive eight week Elklan based programme for young and/or vulnerable parents and carers with their babies aged from three to 12 months. This programme encourages parents/carers to experience specific communication and attachment activities with their baby, in order to see the pleasure and benefit to them both, with the aim of continuing them in the home.

Parents are also encouraged to meet other parents with children of a similar age and to build their to build their own social networks.

For further information please contact your local Family Hub.

Come Talk with Me (for children aged two to four years)

This evidence based programme is for children aged two and three with a language delay in their first language of no more than a year. The initial offer is for six weeks, increasing to a maximum of 12 weeks.

The programme is delivered by Elklan trained Programme Officers, with the aims of the child developing age appropriate communication and language skills, and the parents and carers learning the skills and knowledge they need to improve their child’s delayed language.

Weekly home learning activities are provided, as is an online learning journal through which parents and Programme Officers can share the child’s learning and progress. The child’s setting will also be included in this work, this joined up approach, between home, setting and the Come Talk with Me programme will support children with a language delay to make the maximum progress.

For further information please contact your local Family Hub.

Parenting Puzzle

Parenting Puzzle supports parents to feel more confident and have greater understanding of their children’s feelings and needs and how their children communicate these. Parents will have an increased repertoire of parenting strategies to support their child’s development and school readiness.

The programme is built on four Constructs (Building Blocks) for positive, constructive relationships and calm, confident parenting. These involve understanding of empathy, the importance of listening and communication, exploring the power of praise and positive interaction and the power of play.

The programme promotes positive approaches to discipline and boundary setting and develops an understanding of the importance of nurture of self and others in family relationships.

For further information please contact your local Family Hub.

PEEP babies and toddlers

An evidenced-based parenting programme that helps improve a child’s life chances by using everyday learning opportunities in the home environment such as listening, talking, playing, singing and sharing stories.

The programme extends what parents/carers already know about their child, building and strengthening adult/child relationship, building child’s self-esteem and self-regulation. The programme runs weekly over six weeks for children under the age of 12 months.

Core programme aims:

  • child becomes a confident communicator and learner through play.
  • to narrow the attainment gap which can appear even before children reach school.
  • to improve a child’s Personal, Soical and Emotional Development (PSED)
  • to improve parents’ confidence in learning through play in the home environment.

For further information please contact your local Family Hub.

Starting School Together (for parents/carers and children starting school in September aged four to 5 years

‘Starting School Together’ is a course of six sessions that support a child’s school readiness skills. It’s aimed at preparing children for a ‘flying start’ in Reception and will be run in the Family Hubs across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

During these sessions there will be lots of individualised support and ideas for you and your child to practice all the skills they will need at school. There will also be fun play activities for you and your child to practice at home.

Sessions will take place from 26 July until 30 August.

For further information please contact your local Family Hub.

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