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Free Resources for Parent Carers

The ‘Best Start for Life’ programme (Family Hubs) is an enabler that brings together community services for families across Birmingham.  Here is a selection of free resources that are available for families caring for children and young people.

The Solihull Approach – free Parenting Courses
The Solihull Approach offers a range of free online courses for parents/carers and professionals covering a wide range of subject from conception to parenting 19 year olds.  Birmingham City Council has bought the licence to the course (worth £88 each) for everyone in the City.  Just use the word ‘COMMUNITY’ as the password. 

  • The evidence based courses range from ‘Understanding Your Baby’ to ‘Understanding the Teenage Brain’ and include help with children and young people’s mental health
  • There are additional courses for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities
  • The courses have been developed with practitioners and parents since 1996.

The EasyPeasy App – free resource for professionals and families 
The EasyPeasy App brings together the best ideas, advice, and inspiration from a global community of parents, experts, and parenting brands for parents and their 0-5 year olds. 

  • EasyPeasy has partnered with the Department for Education and Speech and Language UK to give families in Birmingham the skills and tools they need to support children’s speech, language and communication development as part of the Talk and Play Project
  • Early years providers, local partners and families have free access to the EasyPeasy App.
  • The App provides families with premium access to thousands of tips, advice, activities and inspiration from a global community of early years experts, partners and other parents and carers.

Free App to Help with home learning and language development
‘50 Things to Do’ in Birmingham before you are 5, helps parents/carers develop their home learning environment so that far more children thrive by the age of five. As a result, more children develop the skills, language and resilience needed in school and beyond.

If you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to email – Familyhubs@birmingham.gov.uk

Free Introduction to Autism
Contact for Families with Disabled Children are offering parent carers based in the Midlands a FREE hour-long introduction to autism online session on Thursday 6 July  between 10 and 11 am. Book your place here.