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Parenting Programmes run by BwD Children's Services


Blackburn with Darwen's Children's Services run a variety of parenting programmes.

Below is a list of the programmes that are currently available to parents within Blackburn with Darwen.

They are usually held in one of the Children's Centres or in a local community venue or school.

If you are interested in any of these programmes or feel that you or people you know would benefit from attending a different programme that is not listed here ...

·       Speak to a member of the Geographical Team or another member of staff at your local Children's Centre.

·       Speak to your Health Visitor.

The document in the Downloads box also gives more information and includes a referral form.  Please note that you can refer yourself.

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(Health, exercise, nutrition for the really young)


HENRY approach focuses on both ‘message’ and ‘messenger’ to create the conditions for change and to support families to adopt healthier lifestyles. This approach integrates evidence-based behaviour change models, including the Family Partnership Model, motivational interviewing and solution-focused support with information about a healthy start (nutrition, activity, etc) that is consistent with national guidance. Crèche provided. It runs for eight weeks.

Healthy Relationship Programme


Whether you are together or co-parenting, we realise that conflict is a natural part of a relationship.

But, when that conflict becomes more intense and is not resolved this can and will impact on children, young people and the whole family.

Join one of the free seven week courses now at your local children’s centre and we’ll help you work on everything from communicating effectively to problem solving.

Find out more:

Ring: 01254 585000

Ready Steady Nursery



Play and learn group to support children to become nursery  ready

Chatter Chums


A language programme to encourage and develop children’s speaking, language and listening skills. This is a 6 week programme.

Baby Massage


A loving way to bond with your baby in a relaxed environment using a combination of Indian and Swedish massage, together with reflexology.  Targeted. This is a 5 week programme.

Toy and Book Library


A free service in all the children centres for the community to borrow toys and resources.


IY Baby


An 8 week programme to enhance a baby’s emotional wellbeing and promote social and emotional development. The programme includes the babies with the parent group time.  Crèche provided

IY Toddler


An 8 week social, emotional, development evidence based programme that develop positive parent-child relationships. Crèche provided

Ready To Play


Group for 0-2 year olds. The aim is to help parents understand their child’s development, promote all areas of learning and develop close loving relationships see the Local Offer at

Small Steps Big Achievements


Group for 2-5 Year olds. The aim is to help parents understand their child’s development; promote all areas of learning and development. see the Local Offer at



The network of Children Centres offers Volunteering opportunities.


Breastfeeding Support


A social, friendly group for mums to meet up with their babies with trained staff available to offer support.


Ready Steady School



Play and learn group to support children to become school ready

Safer Parenting


A group for families designed to raise awareness of accidents and how to prevent them within the home .Runs for 3 weeks.

Free education for 2, 3 and 4 year olds


Free education is available for some children aged two years and all 3 and 4 years old. Childcare choices website on




This service is part of the Local Offer

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
5-11 years
Parents & carers
11-16 years
0-5 years
Needs Level
SEN Provision Type