Parenting Interventions and Support


Workshops are structured groups which help parents learn the skills and knowledge that they will need in every day parenting. The workshop programme covers all parameters of parenting and child care, with a theme throughout of promoting infant development and mental health.

The workshops are open to all parents, although the groups are particularly helpful for:

Families can self-refer, or they can be referred by their social worker, health visitor, GP, or any professional working with the family.

PEEP groups

Baby Peep groups are fun, child-centered weekly groups that aim to raise children's educational attainment, especially in literacy.

The PEEP programme focuses on how to make the most of the learning opportunities in everyday life at home by listening, talking, playing, singing and sharing books every day. Each week, we run:

To attend a group, or to make a referral for a parent, please contact Vicki Keirle on 01823 351785.

'Incredible Years'

The Incredible Years Programme is for the parents of children aged 3 to 12 years. The course:

To refer a family to the group or for more information, please contact Dr Grace Tantam on 01823 351785.

The course consists of 12 weekly, two-hour group sessions delivered by Orchard House psychologists and social workers. We run the programme in term time at our centre in Canon Street and referrals can be made by any professional involved with the family, or by the children's social worker. There is a charge for this course.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE, 2006) has published guidelines for parenting programmes for the treatment of conduct disorders. Only two programmes meet the NICE guidelines, one of which is the Incredible Years BASIC Parenting Programme.