Early Years Family Links Parenting Course

At Botley School, Elms Road, Oxford, OX2 9JZ

4 part-course: 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd July, 6:30-8:30pm OR 12:45 – 2:45pm
£20 per person for all sessions (concessions available)

Bringing up children is a difficult and demanding job. Just as we wouldn’t enter a job without training, shouldn’t we invest in parenting education?

Joining the Family Links parenting course equips us with the tools, practical insights, strategies, and support to navigate the challenges and joys of raising children. These interactive workshops are aimed at parents/carers of children aged 0-7 to help develop parents and children self-awareness, empathy and self-regulation, supporting people to build and maintain positive relationships.

To book a space or for more information, email coordinator@botleybridges.org

Feedback from parents

“Invaluable time to reflect on parenting strategies. Great ideas and tips, well structured.”
“The programme has helped me feel so much more confident about my parenting, and the opportunities to share challenges and solutions with others has helped enormously in this process.”
“Good atmosphere, relaxed and easy to talk, trusting that everything said would be respected and confidential.”
“I’ve really enjoyed being part of this supportive group, which has helped me to open up and feel less alone with the challenges we’ve been facing as a family.”
“I take criticism in a more positive way – I am kinder to myself”
“I’ve got more confident with managing tantrums in public”
“Every child is different. I am more empathetic”
“Negotiation is powerful”
“I am better at praise.”

Details about the course

This course has been developed by The Centre for Emotional Health, based on the The Nurturing Programme developed by American child psychologist Dr Stephen J. Bavolek, to provide adults and children with the understanding, skills and ability to lead emotionally healthy lives, build resilience, empathy, self-esteem and support positive relationships.

Workshop One – 1st July

  • Understanding children’s behaviour
  • Listening and communication
  • Praise and encouragement

Workshop Two – 8th July

  • Praise & Guidance v criticism
  • Child-led Play
  • Positive moments

Workshop Three – 15th July

  • Boundaries and parenting styles
  • Time to calm down
  • Dealing with stress and conflict

Workshop Four – 22nd July

  • Choices and consequences
  • Behaviour to ignore
  • Putting the puzzle together
  • Looking after ourselves