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Support for Parents

We offer an array of support groups and sessions for our parents and carers.  Some of what is on offer is shown below. We always strive to support our parents as much as we can, but please do let us know if you think there is more we can do to support you.  At the bottom of the page you will find some useful websites for you to access too.

New Short Breaks Brochure for Children and Young People with Disabilities in Essex

To request a printed copy of the new brochure, please email your name and address to or view an electronic copy via the Short Breaks website. The information contained within the brochure will help identify support and activities available across Essex.

SCHOOL NURSE HEALTH DROP IN CLINIC SESSIONS – the school nurses are running some free drop in sessions for parents/carers in our music studio.  No appointments necessary.  See the leaflet below for more information:

School Nurse Drop ins 2019

**NEW INFORMATION – See the WEA Adult Learning section below.

*TRANSITION – Transition is an important time for the children and involves some significant changes for them.  Please scroll down to the Young Minds section where there are useful links to help you to support your child through some of these changes.*

**Dates are beginning to be added to the parents calendar, so please do check days and times – as these are subject to change.**

FREE WORKSHOP FOR EXPECTANT DADS – As part of the Big Lottery project, and in response to a gap in provision identified by local dads, Parents 1st are implementing some new antenatal workshops for expectant dads. These will be run on Saturday mornings at The Place in Pitsea (first session 27th of October).

Free workshops for expectant dads

The ESSEX FAMILY FORUM would love to hear from more parents or parent carers who would like to get involved. Membership is open to any family or parent carer of a child or young people with SEND up to the age of 25. Joining is free and parents can participate as much or as little as they like. Further details can be found on their website and you can contact them by email

ASD PARENTING PROGRAMME – See the documents below for more information (referral form & request for help)

IY ‘AS’ GROUP FLYER 2018 LB (003)a

Referral form info south

Request for early help

BASILDON RAINBOW GROUP – Serving the needs of the community for parents of children with SEN  Next meeting – Friday 11th January at the Bardfield Academy – 9:00 – 10:30.  Guest Speakers are ‘Families in Focus’

INCREDIBLE YEARS – start 12th Jan – weekly meetings Friday 9:00 – 11:30  NEW! – Come Along to The Incredible Years School Readiness 4 Week Programme for Parents – starts on Friday 14th September 2018. Click here

PARENTS 4 PARENTS run ESOL classes once per week 9:00 – 11:30

FAMILY MOSAIC fortnightly drop ins –  the following two documents show Family Mosaic sessions for all the areas covered –  Drop in time table for the Basildon areas, CP, R&R & Bwood – Drop in time table for Epping, Harlow & Uttlesford

SCHOOL NURSE regular drop ins – please speak to office staff to make an appointment

EMPOWERING WOMEN – weekly sessions for Mum’s of Bardfield children  – To be confirmed

TIME TO TALK drop in sessions weekly with our school counsellor – please book with office staff

The office will have more information regarding these sessions, but as soon as specific dates are available, they will be added to this page or the parents calendar on this website.


Although not always held at Bardfield, here are some details of Adult Learning Courses for Autumn 2018:

Please come along to our Courses for parents Autumn 2018 – see the poster below for more information:

Courses for Parents in the Autumn 2018

SEND Parent and Carer Training 

⇐ click here for more details of SEND law training sessions for Parents and Carers

BELOW you will find some useful websites for additional support:

 Get advice and support whenever you need it. Listening, supportive and non-judgemental.

Short Breaks

EYFS-KS5 Parents/Carers of Children & Young People with Disabilities

Short Breaks gives families the chance to take a break from normal routines and enjoy doing fun things together, including giving children and young people the chance to do fun and different activities which can help build confidence and independence. These breaks are for children/young people aged between 0-25 and have a personal budget, diagnosis of special educational needs and/or a disability, or live within the administrative boundaries of Essex County Council (excluding Southend and Thurrock).

To register and receive a free brochure, please visit the Short Breaks website. Alternatively for additional information please contact the Short Breaks team on or 0333 013 9889.

YOUNG MINDS -Worried about a child or young person’s behaviour or mental health? You’re not alone.  

Transition – Young Minds have some useful videos from the parent helpline team to support you and your child through significant changes in their young lives.

 Coping with change 



SNAPSpecial Needs And Parents 





ADHD: Support service for those with ADHD