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Free guides launch for all families in Surrey

Free online guides launch for Surrey parents

Parents, carers and grandparents across Surrey will have the opportunity to gain more understanding of their child’s behaviour as new, free online guides are launched by Children and Family Health Surrey and Surrey County Council. 

The guides normally cost £39, but Surrey families can register on our website or the Surrey County Council website for free access through their computer, tablet or smartphone. After registering online, there is free unlimited access.

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Pauline Bigwood, Professional Lead for Health Visiting at Children and Family Health Surrey, says: "Anyone living in Surrey who cares for a child – mums, dads, carers and grandparents – will find these excellent, free online guides really helpful in understanding their children. I encourage everyone to try the guides out and tell your family and friends in Surrey about this wonderful opportunity.  

"We are really pleased to be working in partnership with Surrey County Council to make these high quality guides available for all families living in Surrey.”

Clare Curran, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Children says: “These online guides are packed with insights into how children grow and develop as well as practical advice and have been helping families around the country cope with the challenges that life throws at all of us. I’d encourage all families in Surrey to take advantage of this great opportunity to access them for free.”

The Understanding your Pregnancy, Baby or Child online guides are already helping parents in other parts of the UK with positive results. The guides have been written by qualified childcare, education and health experts and offer insight into baby and children’s behaviour, and also include information for children with special educational needs and disabilities. 

There are three guides to choose from:
•    Understanding Pregnancy, Birth and Your Baby
•    Understanding Your Baby
•    Understanding Your Child 0-19 years.

There are between 9 and 11 modules in each guide as well as interactive activities, quizzes, video clips and practical hand-outs. Each module takes around 20 minutes.

The online guides were put together by the Solihull Approach, an accredited, evidence based approach to childcare established 20 years ago by psychologists, health visitors and other health professionals. 

An evaluation of the views of over 200 parents who have taken part in the ‘Understanding your child’s behaviour’ course showed that 95% of parents found the course highly satisfactory. Parents increased their knowledge of strategies and solutions for responding to children’s behaviour, they improved their interactions with their children and were better able to recognise and respond to their own and their children’s feelings. Visit the Solihull Approach website for more information.