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 Cymraeg for Kids offers free advice to parents on raising children in Welsh and English. Their website has tips and resources for introducing 2 languages to children.

http://cymraeg.llyw.cymru/learning/cymraegiblant/?lang=en

 

Good practice guidance and a range of resources on ‘Early Home Learning Matters’ can be downloaded from the Family and Childcare Trust (formerly Family and Parenting) website.

http://www.familyandparenting.org/publications

 

Agored Cymru offer parents the opportunity to be awarded an accreditation on completion of a parenting course. Gaining a formal qualification can boost parents’ self esteem and encourage them to continue their education or find work. Please see the Agored Cymru website for further information:

http://www.agored.org.uk/default.aspx?id=236&natcode=HF11CY003&lang=  (positive parenting)

http://www.agored.org.uk/default.aspx?id=236&opusid=CCX935&natcode=HF11CY019  (Family Links)

They can also complete the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education CACHE Level 1 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Caring for Children (QCF). They are suitable for 14-19 year olds as well as some adults, those with special educational needs or for learners where English is an additional language.

http://www.cache.org.uk/Qualifications/CYP/CYPL1/Pages/CACHE-Level-1-Award,-Certi%EF%AC%81cate-and-Diploma-in-Caring-for-Children-(QCF).aspx

 

Play and early years: birth to seven years

This information sheet, produced by Play Wales, explores what is play and its importance to and for children’s development in the early years (birth to seven years old). It also explores the importance of adult roles, advocacy and the child’s right to play. http://www.playwales.org.uk/eng/informationsheets

 

Learning and Play – giving your child the best start

This link explains why play and time with parents can give very young children a really good start when they go to school. It includes practical tips and ideas.

http://www.familylives.org.uk/advice/toddler-preschool/learning-play/how-children-learn-through-play/

 

The Literacy Trust ‘Talk To Your Baby’ website has a series of quick tips for parents and practitioners to help children develop good talking and listening skills. Each sheet is available bilingually in thirteen languages.

http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/talk_to_your_baby/resources/418_q

 

The Literacy Trust ‘Their Words for Life’ website has advice and resources for parents to help their children develop vital communication and literacy skills.

http://www.wordsforlife.org.uk/

 

I CAN is a children’s communication charity which provides, information, advice, resources and assistance to parents and professionals to support children’s communication needs. I CAN also has a Help Enquiry Service, online via the Talking Point website and in person through their multi-disciplinary speech and language assessments for children. Tel: 020 7843 2544 or email: help@ican.org.uk

http://www.ican.org.uk/

Therapy Directory – Therapy Directory lists practitioners from all over the UK, enabling visitors to find a practitioner close to them and appropriate for their personal needs. Here you can find expert articles written by therapists themselves, local events which you can attend regarding various different types of therapies and all the latest therapy news. 

The Peers Early Education Partnership (PEEP) has developed Learning Together materials to support parents and practitioners. There is information and ideas for things parents can do at home for babies to four-year-olds. Please visit the Peers Early Education Partnership website for more information

http://www.peep.org.uk/section.asp?id=30&cachefixer=cf17225978334996

 

The Welsh Government have set up 2 Facebook pages ‘Education begins at home’ in Welsh and English which provide parents and carers with tips and links to websites which can help them support their children to learn within their home environment. www.Facebook.com/beginsathome & www.facebook.com/dechraucartref

 

Family Lives’ website has video clips, leaflets to download, and other advice and information on-line http://familylives.org.uk/ They also run an English language confidential free helpline for parents open between 7am and midnight. Parents inWales are able to access this (Tel: 0808 800 2222).

 

The Solihull Approach website has an information sheet for parents on ‘Teenage Brain Development’