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Free online parenting courses for families in Cornwall

Free online parenting courses for families in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:40am 9th June 2020.

Free online parenting courses are being launched for families across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, to help improve emotional health and wellbeing.

The courses have been created by the Solihull Approach and they focus on supporting the relationships between parents, grandparents, and/or carers and their children.

They provide information about pregnancy and birth, brain development and the physical and emotional development of your baby.

The courses are being launched here at the start of Infant Mental Health Awareness Week which runs from 7th to 12th June and the theme this year is ‘seeing the world through babies’ eyes’.

“The courses, which have been developed by registered professionals and parents, provide a wealth of information for parents, grandparents and carers about pregnancy and birth, the development of the brain alongside the emotional development of the baby right up until their 19th birthday.”

Rachel Wigglesworth, Cornwall Council’s interim director of Public Health

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Funding for this has been provided by Local Maternity Systems from across Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and Devon, which is made up of representatives from across health and care including Cornwall Council’s Public Health and NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group.

The partnership also includes doctors and midwives from Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and volunteers from the Maternity Voices Partnership.

“We know that parenting is the biggest factor in determining children’s wellbeing and development. The Solihull Approach parenting programme has proved itself to be a highly successful and practical approach to support parent’s understanding of, and connection with their babies and children.  

"It not only plays a vital role in ensuring children have a good start in life, it also enhances the joy, wonder and pride that parents and children can find in each other.”

Dr Lynette Rentoul, consultant child psychiatrist

child walking

“We want babies to have the very best start in life, for their parents to feel supported when they use our services and once they leave the maternity care we want that experience to continue.

"The free online courses do just that, providing easy to access practical support at any time of the day which will help shape babies long-term resilience and mental health and wellbeing throughout their lifetime.”

Trudie Roberts, RCHT maternity matron and Local Maternity Services midwife

How to access the courses:

Access to the free online courses is available at www.inourplace.co.uk using the code TAMAR, which provides lifetime access.  

The courses are available in different languages including Urdu, Polish, Chinese, Bulgarian and Arabic.

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