Parenting advice and support

Our staff are here to support you with all your parenting needs, through one-to-one support and parenting classes.

We have a range of parenting advice & support services available across the cluster. These include:

  • Parenting help & advice
  • parenting courses
  • Adult learning
  • Family learning

select an item from the menu to the right for more details on each of these services.


Parenting help and advice

Our Workers are always on hand to offer you guidance and support. when you come to a group you can have a chat about:

  • Parenting or child behaviour problems
  • Sleep routines
  • Toilet training
  • Healthy eating
  • Child safety and development.

Our staff can also advise on housing, benefits and childcare issues.


A group for new parents with their babies under 6 months and under.

A small and friendly group with no more than 8 parents and their little ones.

A group which will help you find out what your baby is trying to tell you with their smiles, wriggles, grizzles and sounds.
What we do in the sessions
This group has been developed from long term research into infant behaviour. It explains the importance of parents understanding what their babies are trying to communicate, before they can use words to ask for what they want. We use video as one of the ways to help show you how your baby communicates.

Topics covered
- Crying and your response
- Understanding your baby's cues
- The behaviour your baby comes with from birth
- How you are your baby communicate
- Positioning of your baby
- Taking turns when you communicate and play with your baby
- Eye contact, conversations and smiling
- Developing a conversation with your baby
- Understanding your baby's development
- Playing with your baby



Book in Advance - limited places
    For parents/carers with under 5's
    Would you like to know more about your child’s development?
    Do you understand your child’s behaviour?
    Would you like a chance to meet with other parents with children of a similar age?
    Do you know why children have temper tantrums?

What We Do In The Sessions

We explore various topics:

- Communiction
- Having fun together
- Development needs
- Parenting styles
- Behaviour difficulties
- Sleep

Adult learning
the Children’s Centres work in partnership with Learn Devon to provide opportunities for parents to gain qualifications in numeracy, literacy, getting back to work, and childcare. Please speak to a member of staff for more information or click here to see if there are any events/groups running for Adult Education on this page click on the area in tag cloud for events running in your area.

Family learning

We provide many opportunities to learn alongside your child. Family learning is a great way to introduce your child to the classroom environment at an early age.