Parents / Caregivers

Pregnancy

Home visiting

In the pre-birth period, home visiting is available to support you on your journey to parenthood and to help you prepare for your relationship with your baby.

Antenatal Classes

Families are supported to attend local antenatal classes provided by trained PHNs.

0-12 Months/Under 1s

Home visiting

Home visiting is available for you and your baby/toddler to support the development of your relationship with each other within your family and the community.

Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO)

Developed by J.Kevin Nugent et al 2007
(Based on the Neonatal Behavioural Assessment Scale by Dr Berry Brazelton and Dr Kevin Nugent, 1973)

What is the NBO?
It is a way to observe babies and all their wonderful behaviours.

It takes 20-30 minutes to do in a quiet, warm room with the mother/ father/ family. We look at how your baby responds to sound when asleep (habituation) and faces and objects (orientation). We can also look at your baby’s physical activity /reflexes and how your baby is able to manage sleeping and crying.

Why do we do it?
To share with parents the wonderful abilities of newborn babies up to the age of 3 months especially your baby in particular. To look at what your baby likes and dislikes and how we understand his/her signals. To understand your baby’s style and temperament in order to develop ways to nurture/sooth and look after your baby.

Who does it?
The NBO can be done by a practitioner or researcher who has extensive experience with new-borns and has been trained in the NBO. Parents can join in the NBO with their own baby. Parents generally find this interesting and fun!

When will it be done?
A trained member of the Young Knocknaheeny team will contact you and arrange a time to visit you and your baby for an NBO session. This can be arranged at home or in a community setting.

Useful links/websites

> Brazelton Centre

 

Baby Massage

Is your baby 0-6 months?

Enjoy spending special time with your baby in a calm, relaxing space at a 5 week group

Why come to a baby massage group?

  • Learn new skills to massage your baby
  • Learn how to read your baby’s cues
  • Massage can help your baby’s sleep and digestion
  • Massage can help if your baby suffers from colic or wind
  • Have a cup of tea and a chat!

Come along – you and your baby can relax, learn massage and make friends.

 

Let’s Talk with Your Baby

Is your baby 3-12 months old?

Enjoy communicating with your baby through a fun and practical 8 week group for you and your baby. Each session is approximately 1 hour long.

Each week we have a different theme:

  • Let’s Look
  • Let’s Watch
  • Let’s Feel
  • Let’s Make a Noise
  • Let’s Splash
  • Let’s take turns
  • Let’s Move
  • Let’s chill
  • Every week we have a cup of tea and a chat!

Find out more about how your baby communicates with you.

Come along – you and your baby can make friends, share ideas and have fun through singing, stories and activities.

Babbling Babies

(7 – 9 months)

Meet with an Oral Language Officer (OLO) to talk about how your baby’s relationship with you helps grow their communication. This takes place alongside your baby’s developmental check up with their Public Health Nurse.

1-3 years/Under 4s

Home visiting

Home visiting is available for you and your baby/toddler to support the development of your relationship with each other within your family and the community.

PEEP Parent and Toddler Group

Is your toddler aged 1-3 years?

Enjoy spending time with your toddler through an 8 week fun, practical group. Each session is approximately 90 minutes long.

What we do:

  • Songs and Rhymes
  • Storytime
  • Fun activity for parent and toddler to do together
  • Snack time (and a cuppa!)
  • Fun activity for the whole group

Come along – you and your toddler can make friends, share ideas and have fun through singing, stories and activities.

3-7 year olds

Incredible Years Parents Programme

Is your child aged 3-8 years?

The Incredible Years® Parenting programme is a practical course designed to help parents strengthen their parenting skills and reduce behaviour issues. It runs once a week for 14 weeks with each weekly session lasting 2.5hrs.

What we cover?

  • ·         play;
  • ·         routines;
  • ·         behaviour issues;
  • ·         time-out;
  • ·         problem solving;
  • ·         limit-setting;
  • ·         consequences;
  • ·         social, emotional and academic skills.

Come along – you can meet other parents and caregivers, share ideas and explore the topics with others.