Parenting Advice

Don’t let the pressure of parenting get you down. Try these simple tips and tricks, formulated by researchers and NHS mental health experts, which are backed by science and proven to work with families.  

Families Under Pressure | Maudsley Charity (July 2021)

The above website has some simple top tips which you may find beneficial.  

For local advice you can call the Family Information Service on 020 8547 5215 or have a look at their website at

Please make sure that your child's immunisations are up to date.  You can speak to your GP or your child's health visitor if you are unsure.  Usually children are offered:

Eight weeks:     6-in-1 vaccine, MenB vaccine and Rotavirus 
12 weeks:  6-in-1 vaccine (2nd), Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine and Rotavirus (2nd) 
16 weeks:  6-in-1 vaccine (3rd), MenB (2nd) 
One year:  Hib/MenC (1st), MMR (1st), Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine (2nd), MenB (3rd) 
Three years and four months:  MMR (2nd), 4-in-1 pre-school booster 

Sometimes children are offered additional Immunisations. 

Child Accident Prevention Trust

For free safety advice for families and carers please have a look at the above website.  Remember accidents can be prevented.  

The Child Accident Prevention Trust have reported that 'doctors warn that food is responsible for over half of all fatal choking accidents, with grapes the third most common cause of death in food related incidents', if you give your child grapes please chop them in half lengthways and then in half again. 



-Talk with children from an early age to make it easier to maintain good   communication

-Have bitesized conversations that are relevant to them

-Choose to talk when you are due to spend some time together, like over a meal   or during their bedtime routine

-Bring digital experience into normal, everyday conversations 

-Model the behaviour you want them to show by sharing about your day

-Be open and encouraging to make them feel supported

-Ask open-ended questions

-Ensure that your child feels listened to rather than cornered

-When they start talking, hold off with questions and really listen

-Be prepared, calm and patient with them (, February 2023)

Plough Green Pre-school