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Parenting courses and advice

Although parenting can be very rewarding there may be times when you feel a little out of your depth and in need of some help and support. There are a number of options available to help you cope with any difficulties you may be experiencing or just to offer some information and advice.

Parenting courses

These can help you develop a better relationship with your child through learning about discipline, positive communication and developing healthier lifestyles. You can learn how to help your child succeed at school, build their self esteem and feel emotionally secure.

Courses are usually held in local venues such as children's centres, schools and community halls. A typical course runs once a week for a four to ten week period. There will usually be a cost to attend but some courses may be free or offer a concessionary rate. Details of parenting courses in your local area can be found on our Family Information Directory and the Surrey Nurturing Links website.

Online support

There are also online parenting courses available through websites such as Netmums, and The Positive Parenting Project which allow you to access parenting information at times that suit you. From September residents in Surrey can access interactive online guides through the Ourplace website for free.

If you are a Surrey Library card holder, you can get free access to over 45 online courses from Universal Class which cover a wide range of parenting and family topics.

Family helplines

These are usually free and offer confidential information and advice about any concerns you may have about your children or family. You can talk to them about any aspect of family life including children's behaviour, teenagers, adult relationships, separation and divorce, grandchildren and step parenting issues.

You can find details of family helplines on our Family Information Directory.

Sure Start Children's Centres

These can provide a variety of advice and support for parents and carers from pregnancy right through to when your child goes into reception class at primary school. Each children's centre aims to provide services that are tailored to their communities needs. You can get professional advice on health and family matters, learn about training and job opportunities, as well as having the chance to meet and get to know other local parents.

Contact your local Sure Start Children's Centre to find what they offer.