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Being a parent or carer can be the most wonderful thing in the world and can bring so much love and joy into your life. We also know that the responsibility of parenthood and the daily challenges of this role can be as daunting as they can be exciting.

The Family Space is here for you: to help you find information, advice, guidance and support for all stages of your parenting or caring journey.

Our nationwide network of family and children’s centres provides services directly to parents and care givers of children of all ages. If you aren’t able to get to an actual family centre we hope that you will find what you need here.

Healthy Eating

Barnardo’s has partnered with Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the British Dietetic Association’s Lets Getting Cooking Team to bring you some exciting tips and recipes on healthy eating while keeping an eye on your budget! Check out these easy, practical and budget-friendly tips and recipes in our Healthy Eating section

Five to Thrive 

Throughout the articles, you'll see Five to Thrive tips. These are five key activities that are the building blocks of healthy communication and brain development: Respond, Cuddle, Relax, Play, Talk. 

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    Baby on the way

    You have a baby on the way!  Over the coming 9 months you are going to be busy, and throughout this time you may naturally experience a rollercoaster of emotions, from excitement and joy to fear and worry – that’s ok! Explore our resources for expecting parents.

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    Baby's first year

    Your baby’s first year is guaranteed to be full of challenges and adventures, and no matter what stage you are at on that journey, we are here to help with advice, guidance and support.

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    Your toddler is busy growing! From healthy lifestyles, to sleeping patterns, food development, playing and behaviour, we have resources to provide guidance and support.

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    Explore healthy behaviours for your pre-schooler, including how to prepare them for starting school with our selection of articles and activities.

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    4-8 years

    Tips for preparing your child for school, how to get them active and eating healthy meals, advice on monitoring their behaviour and starting the school application process.

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    8-12 years

    An introduction to middle childhood, including online awareness and safety, behaviour management and what to expect as they approach their teens

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    13-16 years

    The challenges of parenting an adolescent - mood swings to expect, bullying, body changes - can be balanced with a fun, accepting, safe family environment to provide support.

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    Nuclear, extended, foster, step, grandparent, single parent, same-sex parents, adoptive, blended - there are many types of families, and we explore issues around parental conflict, siblings, and parenthood.

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    Five to Thrive

    Five to Thrive is designed to enhance awareness of the central ingredients for healthy brain development in babies, with five key activities - Respond, Cuddle, Relax, Play and Talk.

If the information you are looking for is not available on the site, then please contact us at one of our family centres, where our dedicated staff will be available to help you. Find your nearest Barnardo’s family centre here.