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Early Help and Family Centres

 What is Early Help?

During the current Covid-19 situation some classes and courses may be running differently

Early Help means someone working with you and your family so that any small problems do not become bigger.

Early Help is available for everybody from pregnancy up to 19 years (or 25 if the young person has a disability).


How to get Early Help

The process for applying for Early Help has remained the same during Covid-19.

The best way to get help is to talk a GP, Teacher, Family Support Worker, School Nurse or Health Visitor. 

They can fill out a form for you.

You can fill out the form yourself: You should follow these steps:

1. Fill in a "Request for Early Help" form that you can get in the downloads box to the right of this page or collect a copy from your local Family Centre.

2. Email the completed form to – or take it to a Family Centre.

What happens next?

Your form will be looked at by the weekly Early Help Panel. 

They may suggest groups in our centres, parenting classes or 1:1 with a Family Support Worker.

 You will usually be told of the outcome the same day.  If you have been allocated a Family Support Worker they will aim to contact you within a week.

 Early Help - A guide for parents and carers can be found in the box to the right of the main page under the header DOWNLOADS.

Online Parenting Programmes

Did you know? Over 90% of parents think that a parenting course would be useful.

Our FREE online parenting courses are for anyone interested in learning more about becoming a parent or supporting a child through their early years to teenagerhood.  

There's even a course for teenagers only so they can understand a little more about the changes they are going through . 


Who can access the courses?

 Our enjoyable online courses are for curious parents, for Dads who want to be the best Dads they can be, for Mums who want to be the best Mums they can be, grandparents, aunties, uncles or other relatives, even family friends who all want to be involved in the child’s life.

 The courses will help you through every stage of having a child, and provide useful strategies, information and reassurance you are doing a great job.


How long will the courses take?

  • Each course is made up of small modules which you can work through at your own speed. The average time for each module is 20mins  
  • There are interactive activities, quizzes, video clips and practical handouts, with voice overs too
  • Works on Pcs, Macs, ipads, laptops, mobiles and tablets
  • Available in English, Urdu , Polish, Welsh, Bulgarian, Chinese, Arabic  


What FREE courses are available?

 You can complete any or all of the four courses . Choose from :


Understanding pregnancy, labour, birth and your baby. This course is written by registered Midwives and NHS professionals. It explains how and why those around this baby are so important, whether they are the mother, father, partner, grandparent or birth partner.

 The course covers:


  • Welcome
  • Helping you and your baby through pregnancy and birth
  • Getting to know your baby in the womb
  • You, your baby and the stages of labour
  • Helping you and your baby through labour and birth
  • Feeding your baby
  • Who’s the Daddy now? – I’m the Daddy!
  • After your baby is born
  • Congratulations


Understanding your baby: For everyone in the new arrival’s life who wants to make the most of the 1st year of life to build a strong, healthy relationship with the baby. This is written by psychologists, psychotherapists and health visitors. 

 The course covers:


  • Understanding feelings: both your own & your baby's
  • Understanding your baby's brain
  • Understanding your baby's crying
  • How to respond to crying
  • Your baby's rhythms
  • Developing healthy sleep patterns
  • Understanding your baby's feeding
  • Who's the Daddy now? - I'm the Daddy
  • Understanding your baby's development and play
  • Understanding your baby's childcare
  • Congratulations


Understanding your child – 0-19 years. Online course for parents of children aged 6 months to 19 years. The first online course for parents to be awarded the Government’s CANparent Quality Mark.

 This course covers:

  • How your child develops
  • Understanding how your child is feeling
  • Tuning into what your child needs
  • Responding to how your child is feeling
  • Different styles of parenting
  • Having fun together
  • The rhythm of interaction
  • Why is sleep important?
  • Self-regulation and anger
  • Communication and Tuning In
  • Looking back and Looking forward


Understanding your teenager’s brain. Find out what happens to the mind as a child hits adolescence, and how this explains some of the changes in their behavior that you’ve noticed. 

 This course covers:

• Teenager’s brain development
• Teenagers and reading faces
• Risk taking
• Risk taking and friends
• Sensitivity to rejection
• Teenagers and sleep


Understanding your brain ( a short course for Teenagers only)

  •  Have you noticed changes in your behaviour?
  • Do you sleep more than you used to ?
  • Want to know more about why teenagers are more open minded ?

Understanding your child with additional needs. This online course is for parents, relatives and friends of children who may have a physical or learning disability or who may have autistic traits. 

This course is in 2 sections.

  • Level 1 lays the foundation for understanding your child.
  • Level 2 looks at some particular aspects of parenting: sleeping and anger management, together with more about how we interact with each other. Understanding this can make it easier to work with your child's behaviour as well as supporting their development.

How do I access any of the FREE online courses?

Log in here:

The FREE code you need to access the courses is: TOWN SPIRIT

Use the same access code for any of the courses.

Parenting Programmes in Family Centres

Parenting Education Courses in Family Centres:

To come to one of our parenting courses, you will need to fill in a Parent Carers Education Programme Access Request Form (This can be found on the right hand side of this page).

If you need any help with the form you can email us at:

More information about our range of courses can be found below:

Solihull "Understanding Your Child":

This course explains how your child develops. Helping you understand why your child behaves a certain way when they are angry, having trouble with sleeping or behavioural problems. 

It is suitable for all parents and carers of children aged 6 months to 18 years.

The course is 11 weekly sessions of 2 hours.

Once you have registered and working your way through the courses , if you have any technical issues you should email:

Tel : 0121 296 4448 ( Phone lines open Mon- Fri 9am – 5pm)

Webster Stratton "Incredible Years"

This course gives new ideas and ways for dealing with children’s behaviour— the ‘everyday’ issues and more serious behavioural issues.

It is for parents and carers of primary school aged children.

The course is 14 weekly sessions 2 hours.

Sleep Tight Workshops

If your child is having sleep issues it can affect all areas of their development including their emotional, physical and mental health. 

Sleep Tight Workshop is suitable for parents and carers with children over 12 months old.

The course is 5 weekly sessions 2 hours.

Talking Teens

Talking Teens focuses on the changes teenagers go through. It gives practical advice, such as setting boundaries and improving communication skills to help build you bond with your teen.

This course is for all parents and carers of children at secondary school, 11 years plus.

The course is 2 hour sessions over 5 weeks.

How do I book?

  1. Complete the form (In the downloads box to the right) and return by email to :
  2. Our parent educator team will process the referral and review which of our programmes would be best for you.

    Please note that this is done on a monthly basis so please allow time for our team to deal with your request.

  3.  Your details will be put onto our waiting list.

  4. When a place is available on the relevant programme you will be contacted first by phone call, by letter and by text message.

  5. Confirm your place as soon as possible, usually you will be given the choice of accessing at 3 different venues. So you can choose the venue which is nearest to you.

  6. Join the first session ‘welcome week’ this session is a coffee morning where we get to know individuals and complete paperwork. .

 Pease note: For more detailed information about this process click "What happens next? Referral Pathway" which is in the downloads box on the right of this page.

If you are a professional referring someone into the parenting programme this document might be especially useful.

Families Fun Project in Family Centres

Please note: During Covid-19 these sessions have been postponed until further notice.

Families Fun focuses on having fun together and making memories through exciting activities, every week is a different and fun activity.

At the end of the 12 week course the Family Centre has a celebration for families that finish the course.

The activities are run by local Family Centres and in the community and are all FREE!!

 This is for families with children between 5 – 11 years old but older and younger members of your family can come too.

All  sessions are inclusive for all abilities

All courses run at different times and venues in Barnsley

Booking can be done by contacting your local Family Centre for more details.

Please note: That some of the courses may have a waiting list but if you can travel you may be able to join one at a different Family centre.

Having a Baby Programme

This programme is not currently taking place due to Covid-19. If you require any information you can click the link to the Barnsley Maternity website.

Sessions are held at different times including in the evening and at weekends. 

The course includes information on a healthy pregnancy, baby's development during pregnancy, top tips for labour, practical tips including bathing, nappy changing, handling your baby, feeding, safe sleep and what to expect in the first few weeks.

The course is 2 hour sessions over 4 weeks.

Most of the information is specific to the services offered in Barnsley it is not suitable for women who do not live in Barnsley.

To book a place, email your details  to or phone the Lundwood Family Centre 01226 248564  and ask to speak to the ‘Having a Baby’ team or alternatively contact Julie Crossland on 07717720515.

Early booking is essential.



Early Help for Young People

Please note that during Covid-19 the referral process for Targeted Youth Support remains the same.

Our Targeted Youth Support Service supports children and young people from 8-19 years or 25 if they have a disability.

Targeted Youth Support 1-2-1 Early Help Support

Referrals can be made by a young person themselves, a parent, guardian, school or other professional. A Request For Early Help Form must be filled in and signed by the parent / guardian (The form is in the downloads box on the right of this page)

They are then looked at by the weekly Panel andthe decision will be made. You could be allocated either a Family Support Worker who will work alongside the family, A Targeted Youth Support Worker (TYS) for 121 support or both although TYS only work with young people 11 or over – for more information please contact Angela Kelly on 01226 753406

Youth Clubs

Young People can go to any Youth Club Session and can self refer.

Junior Clubs for age 11-12 – Parental Consent and Registration forms must be signed and returned to join these sessions.. 

Senior clubs age 13-19 – Parental consent isn't needed but the young person will need to fill in a registration form. 

The Youth Clubs provide emotional support, drug and alcohol information, Healthy eating advice on anti-social behaviour. There are fun activities, crafts, sports on too.

Family Support in Family Centres

 Please note that this service remains the same during Covid-19.

Family Support Workers give information, advice and support to you and your family.

1 to 1 support is available from Family Support Workers for families who might need extra support to help with problems they may be facing.

 The role of the family support worker may include:

• Supporting the health and development of your child

• Help with parenting skills

• Advice around finance and debt

• Support around physical and mental health issues, disabilities and learning difficulties.

• Supporting families who are/have experienced domestic violence and abuse

• Help to get back into training and employment

• Help with social isolation

 Together you will agree what to write down so that there is a record of what you have talked about.

You can say what you think will help you and your family.

The action plan you agree on will be reviewed regularly with you.


What's on in Family Centres?

During Covid-19 some of these classes may be temporarily unavailable.

Family Centres are a great way to spend time with your family and meet others.

They are run by enthusiastic and friendly staff and are a great way to play, learn and have fun.

Activities at Family Centres do vary but they can include:

  • Family fun sessions
  • Information and advice
  • Funded childcare for 2,3 and 4 year olds
  • Baby massage

To see what's on in your local Family Centre look at the "What's on Guides" in the downloads box to the right of the page.

All activities are FREE but they may ask for a small voluntary donation.

Where is your nearest Family Centre?

Family Centres are open 09.00 - 16.30.

Darfield, School Street, S73 9EU • Phone: (01226) 753366

Thurnscoe, Station Road, Thurnscoe S63 OJR • Phone: (01226) 775885

Grimethorpe, c/o Milefield Primary, Grimethorpe S72 7BH • Phone: (01226) 774030

Athersley, Lindhurst Road, Athersley North, S71 3NB • Phone: (01226) 296969

Kendray and Worsbrough, Overdale Avenue, Worsbrough Dale S70 4BD • Phone: (01226) 294604

Dearne, Billingley View, Bolton on Dearne S63 8ES • Phone: (01709) 890303

Jump, Church Street S74 0HZ • Phone: (01226) 747082

Wombwell, Bondfield Close, Wombwell S73 8TX • Phone: (01226) 273240

Lundwood, Littleworth Lane, S71 5RG • Phone: (01226) 248564

Worsbrough Common, c/o Worsbrough Common Primary, Bruce Avenue S70 4EB • Phone: (01226) 289989

Outreach Sites and Community Venues. (Some classes and activities may be available at these venues. Contact Family centres for time table.)

Monk Bretton, c/o Burton Road Primary S71 2AA

Cudworth, c/o Birkwood Primary, Darfield Road, Cudworth, S72 8HG

Darton, The Darton Centre, Huddersfield Road S75 5ND

Hoyland Common, Shefield Road S74 0DJ

Stairfoot c/o Hunningley Primary, Stairfoot S70 3DT

Penistone, c/o The Resource Centre, Church Street S36 6AR

Royston, Meadstead Drive S71 4JS

Wilthorpe, Greenfoot Lane S75 1AQ.



Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What can I expect from a Family Support Worker?

 A: When a Family Support Worker starts to work with you and your family they will talk with you about any problems you are having. They will ask what help and support you think you might need. 

 Q: What is an Early Help Assessment (EHA)?

A: It’s just a chat to work out how to help you. You can talk about things that are going well and things that you are proud of as well as things that you are finding a challenge.

Q: How often will see my Family Support Worker?

A: They will make regular visits to your home to work with you and your family. Sometimes this can be in school or another place where your child feels comfortable.

Q; What happens next?

A: Every family is different so you'll make a plan with the Family Support Worker to sort out the problems you are going through. You might meet with other people who can help. This is called a "Team Around the Family" (TAF) meeting.

Barnsley Family Centres Parent Policies

 We are currently updating our key policies - Please bear with us.

If you would like to see any of our Family Centre policies please speak to a member of staff at one of our Family Centres.

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