New online NHS parenting courses gives a little extra support to parents

Being a parent can be tough. Being a parent on lockdown is tougher still.

Public Health Wales is offering all parents, parents-to-be, grandparents and carer-givers free access to a series of online courses designed to help them understand the development and emotional milestones of their children, covering everything from pre-birth to late teens.


The four evidence-based courses have been designed by NHS and other experts to provide extra support to all, alongside more traditional help from family, friends and professionals.

Amy McNaughton, Consultant in Public Health at Public Health Wales said: “Healthy family relationships are important in supporting children’s wellbeing and development, particularly in the earliest years of life.

“Families in Wales are living through extraordinary times. I can’t stress enough that it is completely normal to need help; and that it is ok to ask for and accept it.” 

Initially launched by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, the bilingual service has been adopted by Public Health Wales for an initial 12-month trial. During this time every parent in Wales can access the ‘In Our Place’ website for free. 

“The easy to use courses will give a little extra help and support to parents in understanding their relationships with their children as they adapt to changes in family routines,” continues Mrs McNaughton. 

“The courses explore topics including play, styles of parenting, sleep, temper tantrums, communications and more, and are all available online from now until May 2021.” 

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