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The Nurture Programme

Nurture Programme

Published on: 14/12/2016

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Ormiston Families’ Nurture Programme gives a helping hand to families with young children.

This initiative provides help to parents and carers, supporting them to overcome their issues and giving them the confidence to meet their child’s needs, helping to fulfil every aspect of their child’s development.

Our children’s centres provide services to work with a wide range of professionals including midwives and health visitors. We provide opportunities for families to access stay and play sessions such as messy play, music and movement and rhyme times, enabling children to play and learn before they start school.

Our family workers provide drop-in advice sessions and can offer more targeted one-to-one help for families in need of additional support, such as those who have been affected by domestic violence, mental health issues and drug or alcohol misuse.

Our sensory toy libraries have provided resources and equipment on loan to families who have children with special educational needs or a disability. We also offer loans to other local providers such as schools, pre-schools, childminders and nurseries.   

Our Nurture Programme has also allowed us to support a three-year-old boy, whose parents were drug dependant and putting him at risk of harm. He was placed under special guardianship with his grandparents, but their parenting styles didn’t allow him to reach his full potential.

They were assisted in obtaining Child Tax Credits & Disability Living Allowance (DLA). We encouraged attendance at parenting programmes and Stay & Play activities, helped to implement positive parenting techniques and social interaction, and secured a pre-school place.

The little boy is now well settled in and has successfully started pre-school. His grandparents have adapted their parenting styles, and DLA is being used for extra-curricular activities.