01303 244836

Big Hopes Big Future

This is a new three year project funded by BBC Children in Need and is an evidence based school readiness programme that actively engages parents in their children’s early learning and supports them to create a positive home learning environment.

We are able to provide a Project Co-ordinator who, along with team of specially trained parent volunteers, will be able to provide one to one support to families in home/group settings, supporting children in the years prior to nursery and primary school and targeting the most disadvantaged families including those who do not readily engage with their children’s early learning.

The BHBF programme focuses on the following areas:

Home readiness

  • Availability of stimulating materials in the home
  • Establishing routines

Parental readiness

  • Able to engage with their child’s development
  • Able to cope with their child being away from them
  • Able to access appropriate services from children’s centres, schools, nurseries and childcare professionals

Child readiness

  • Arrive at school fed and on time
  • Play and share with other children
  • Use the toilet and understand simple hygiene
  • Dress and put on shoes
  • Eat and drink unaided
  • Cope away from their parent(s)
  • Recognise own name

The BHBF Co-Ordinator will meet with the family following a referral being made and they or a volunteer will then work alongside the parent and specific child for 8 weeks.  The BHBF Co-ordinator will also ensure the referrer is kept up to date and link in with nurseries etc. where applicable.

BHBF referral – click here


Young Active Parents (YAPs)

A weekly support group for pregnant mums and young parents under 20 – young dads welcome too!

What we have to offer …

  • An opportunity to meet other parents of a similar age
  • One-to-one support
  • Practical parenting advice and emotional support
  • Information on accessing local parent and baby/toddler groups
  • Support when returning to school,  college, work or apprenticeships
  • Benefit and housing advice.
  • We also have our own Facebook Group

We believe each and every young parent should have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Groups run on Thursday from 1.00 to 3.00 pm or on Friday from 1.00 to 2.30 pm at Home-Start Shepway.

For more information or to book a place, please contact the Home-Start Shepway office on 01303 244836
or Stacey on 07827 513308.

Contact us to find out more...

24 Cheriton Gardens

CT20 2AS

Tel: 01303 244836

Email: office@homestartshepway.org.uk

Office Hours: 9.00am - 4.30pm (Monday to Thursday) and 9.00am - 4.00pm (Friday)

Answer phone outside office hours