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Specialist Programme

Mellow Parenting – Growing Together

This group is for mothers who experience low mood or anxiety and is designed for parents who would like support with the emotional challenges of parenting.

The group supports mothers to feel less isolated through the sharing of ideas and experiences with other mothers. Children will be supported to develop good routines, manage their emotions and build positive relationships.

Delivery includes group discussion, use of video and ‘have a go’ tasks to try out at home.

Sessions include a morning and afternoon session, during which, children are in a crèche. Children re-join parents at the lunch break when they share lunch together and play fun activities and sing songs.

Programme details

  • Age range: for parents/carers with children aged 1 to 5 years
  • Length of programme: 14 weeks – each session is 5 hours: 9am to 3pm
  • Venue: programmes are delivered in the children’s centre
  • Lunch and crèche are provided

For more detailed information please refer to the Mellow Parenting One Minute Guide (PDF, 100KB).

Current sessions

14 May to 20 August 2024 - Every Tuesday

  • Venue: TBC - 9am to 3pm
  • Delivered by:
    • TBC - Parenting Team
    • TBC - Parenting Team
    • Crèche available: Yes

How to book onto the programme

To book onto the programme, please email your name, contact details, and which course you would like to attend to

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Cygnet Parenting

The Cygnet programme is for parents of children with a diagnosis of autism, or children that display traits or behaviours that may indicate possible autism. This programme provides parents with support, information and extra strategies when responding to the needs of children with autism or children with autistic traits and behaviours.

The content covers the following:

  • Autism and diagnosis
  • Autistic traits and behaviours
  • Communication
  • Sensory issues
  • Understanding behaviour
  • Managing behaviour
  • Choice of topic decided by parents/carers in the group

Programme details

  • Age range: for parents/carers with children aged between 6-18 years old (there must be a diagnosis of autism)
  • Length of programme: 6 weeks – each session is 3 hours 10am to 1pm
  • Parents attend in groups of between 6-12 people 

Please note: A referral form must be completed to enrol on this programme, through the special schools in Haringey.

Current sessions

3 May to 14 June 2024 from 10am to 1pm - Every Friday

How to book onto the programme

To book onto the programme, please email your name, contact details, and which course you would like to attend to

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Caring Dads

Caring Dads supports fathers to improve their relationships with their children, develop strategies to manage their frustration and find ways to reduce parental conflict. They learn how to become more involved as fathers and be a positive influence to their child…thus improving outcomes and strengthening futures for their children.

This programme is for resident and non-resident fathers / male carers including those that need support to stop particular behaviours towards partners and/or children, including: controlling, abusive and neglectful behaviours.

The group provides an opportunity for men to connect as fathers and develop their parenting skills through group discussion, exercises and ‘give-it-a-go’ activities to work on between sessions.

Men must have some regular contact with their child(ren) in order to be accepted onto the programme.

By referral only – from social workers and professionals: download the Caring Dads client referral form (Word, 133KB).

Programme details

  • Age range: for parents/carers with children aged between 0-16 years
  • Length of programme: 17 weeks – each session is 2 hours, typically delivered in the evening
  • Refreshments are provided

For more detailed information please refer to the Caring Dads programme One Minute Guide (PDF, 140KB).

Current sessions

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ABC Parenting Programme

Achieving a Better Community.

The ABC programme targets health and social inequalities by providing hands-on health education to a targeted cohort of parents from deprived communities. The programme is for parents in Enfield and Haringey, with babies 0-6 months old and with little or no knowledge/confidence around child health, common illnesses and lifesaving skills.

This education is delivered alongside ongoing peer support using an asset-based community model, facilitated by child health champions. Staff will invite families with children under 6 months, limited social support, partial understanding of healthcare systems, and ED re-attenders to discuss their health-seeking behaviours and experiences.

They can then attend free training workshops on:

  • basic life support (BLS)
  • illness recognition
  • choking, allergy, and injury first aid
  • vaccination education and preventive work

This will have an impact on healthcare utilisation and also longer-term health outcomes.

Parents have a choice of bringing their baby with them, however, we will require as much notice as possible for the crèche to ensure childminders are available. Breastfeeding environment.

See the ABC Parents page on the North Middlesex University Hospital website (external link) for more information and to book.

Programme details

  • Age range: for parents/carers with children aged between 0-6 months
  • Length of programme: TBC
  • Refreshments are provided

Current sessions

  • Start - Weekday courses 9.30am - 2.30pm
  • Venue: Haringey address: Northumberland Neighbourhood Resource Centre, 177 Park Lane, N17 0HJ
    Venue: Enfield address: Community House, 311 Fore Street, Edmonton, N9 0PZ
  • Start - Saturday Courses 9.30am - 3pm
  • Venue: Broadwater Children's Centre and Willow School, Adams Road, London, N17 6HG
  • Delivered by:
    • Pediatric Community Outreach – northmid.abcparents@nhs.netDr Akudo Okereafor - Programme and Clinical Lead, Paeds A&E Doctor at North Middlesex University Hospital, Co-founder of ABC Parents
    • Belinda Okyere -Critical Care Nurse, Resuscitation Pratitioner, Chief Nurse Fellow, and Clinical Lead Specialist at the North Middlesex University Hospital.  Also Co-founder of ABC Parents.
    • Raquel McIntosh - Outreach and Engagement Officer, Bridge Renewal Trust
    • Keziah Lawson - Outreach and Engagement Officer, Bridge Renewal Trust
  • Crèche available on request – please provide notice

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April 25, 2024