From birth to one year.
Led by an International Association of Infant Massage qualified instructor, this course draws on Indian and Swedish massage traditions, encouraging interacting, bonding and relaxation which can help with longer sleep.Soothing holds and rhythmic strokes are given on each area of the baby’s body, following a sequence which has been developed over many years.
Baby massage can help you feel closer to your child as well as reducing post-natal depression. It can also be used to help with wind, colic, constipation, teething discomfort and crying.
For parents/carers with children from birth to four years.
This learning group is based on three areas:
- personal / social and emotional development
- communication and language
- physical development
This is a fun interactive environment for parents / carers and their children featuring various activities such as water and sand play and music. Brighter Futures' facilitators work alongside parents / carers to focus on their child's individual needs, wellbeing and learning strategies.
Photos are taken as a keepsake for individual journals, capturing special moments shared together. Typically, once finishing this group, youngsters can then progress to Physibods.
For parents/carers with children from three to four years.
Physibods is the stepping stone group leading the children from Growing Together to nursery after the summer break.
The structured sessions comprise of fun and interactive physical activities based around body basics, singing and developing co-ordination skills, balance and movement.
During the term, children are invited to take books to read and return and they are given a Brighter Futures' bag complete with weekly resources and activities to do at home and outside.
At the end of the Physibods term, children give a demonstration of the activities and skills they've learnt. They then take part in a graduation ceremony in front parents, charity patrons and invited guests which officially sends youngsters onto the next stage of their journey.
Achieving Better Connections.
For parents/carers to attend with a child from four to eight years.
The ABC programme aims to help children and parents to build positive relationships and strengthen communities through relationship building and structured play.
There are four core dimensions which relate to both parent and child.
- Engagement, to help children to try new things in a safe environment
- Challenge, to help children take safe risks and build their confidence
- Structure, to help develop self-control
- And nurture, to help children feel safe and secure.
For parents /carers with children from birth to four years.
This programme is run in conjunction with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).
Run by therapists and a Brighter Futures' facilitator, the small group is designed to support parents and their children to make positive changes within their family relationships.
The parenting programme offers a combination of play, film footage, therapeutic work and food and nurturing advice and guidance.
RAISING EARLY ACHIEVEMENT IN LITERACY
For parents / carers with children from birth to three years
REAL uses a framework which is called ORIM for short which stands for Opportunities, Recognition, Interaction and Model which works across the four strands of early literacy.
Practitioners share this framework with families through a series of home visits and literacy events to support parents.
Drop in group, all ages up to eight years - OPEN TO EVERY DAD IN JERSEY 2nd Sunday of the month.
The Club offers a choice of activities and resources in a safe and relaxed environment. It's also an opportunity to meet other dads, male carers and children. Brighter Futures' facilitators and volunteers are also on hand for advice and support.
Free snacks and refreshments are provided and various outings are also organised such as trips to the beach, parks and the woods as well as a Christmas party.
To view the Dads club leaflet