Being a parent/carer isn't always easy. It's common to feel overwhelmed and less confident. You might also have challenging feelings about yourself, your partner or even your baby.
Find out if we can support you:
How we can support you
If you have a baby aged 3-8 months, you can join our Together Time sessions with a welcome coffee morning. We can also support you on a one-to-one basis. All the support we offer is free and run by early years professionals in a supportive environment.
Together Time is a group for parents with babies between 3 and 8 months old. It's a safe space to explore your relationship with your baby, learn about baby-led play and share feelings and experiences with other parents.
Our next sessions start with a welcome coffee morning on 31 January at Loughborough Children's Centre and 2 February at Liz Atkinson Children's Centre, SW9 6PH, then continue after the half-term break.
A professional can refer you, for example, a health visitor, family worker, Stay & Play worker or social worker. Or you can get in touch yourself to sign up, You must register to join the group before it starts by emailing PAIRS_Lambeth@slam.nhs.uk or calling 07740421626.
Once referred or you've registered, our team will get in touch to tell you more about the group and answer any questions. If you decide to join the group, they will ask a little bit about you and your baby to get to know you better.
At the group you'll:
The group runs over 7 sessions with each session lasting 1.5 hours. Up to 8 other parents and their babies will be in the group.
Together Time is designed to:
'I'm now doing Together Time at home, and I've learnt that observing and letting my baby take the lead can do so much for him'. Together Time Parent
We talk about your experiences, hopes and day-to-day life.
We watch you and your baby play together - thinking about how you both communicate and your child's behaviour. You get to talk about your experiences and what you and your baby need.
Sessions can take place at your home, at a children's centre or another place where you feel comfortable.
A professional can refer you. For example a health visitor, family worker, stay and play worker or social worker. You can also contact us to sign up.
Once referred someone from our team will contact you to tell you a bit more about the service and get to know you.
Email: PAIRS_Lambeth@slam.nhs.uk or call 020 3228 7370
The relationship between you and your baby is vital to their development. This requires work and time, like all relationships. We understand that there might be things that get in the way of this.
We can work one-to-one with you and your child, or on your own if you're expecting a baby. You can also join a Together Time group, where you'll be able to share feelings and experiences with other parents.
Support from an interpreter can be provided if needed.
Watch our video to find out more from the team and parents who have taken part
LEAP runs PAIRS in partnership with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
We work with health visitors, midwives, social workers, children's centre teams and others to build a team around you and your child.