This page will outline everything HeadStart offers to parents

From various courses and workshops to resources and helpful articles to answer any questions.

Only just heard about HeadStart? Did your child talk to you about us and you’d like to know more? Follow this link to find some answers



It is clear that this pandemic is having an impact on us beyond 2021.  As we continue to adjust and readjust, parents have found it helpful to come to a safe space to share strategies to build resilience.

We are ready to begin recruiting for our online Being a Parent group this Autumn 2021. The flyer can be found here, and we will be running four groups (2x virtual and 2x in a community setting) one of which will be delivered in Urdu, poster here

The Being a Parent Group is a weekly space for parents with children aged 9-16 to come together sharing experiences and learning tried and tested approaches that can help us navigate this difficult time. Many parents have already benefited from this course, and we want to reach as many parents (and grandparents, aunts, uncles, carers too) as possible.

You can make a referral or the parent can self-refer:

All parents will need to register for a place as the group has limited capacity. Parents can sign up via the link on the flyer or here

We have a short video about our groups which can be viewed here


We have created a virtual space for parents and carers to connect and learn. It is an opportunity to discuss the high and lows of being a parent in lockdown. We will share wellbeing tips and a toolkit for self-care. As things are changing month to month, we can continue the conversation and work together to encourage each other.

2021 dates now available here.


Parenting Befriending Service

A bespoke parenting befriending service for parents/ carers of children and young people aged 0-16 years who need a space to talk and think through the ways that they are coping in the circumstances and practical suggestions to manage challenges such as their young person’s behaviour, anxiety and worries, family relationship challenges and a young person’s screen time.

  • Befrienders are either training children centre staff or Newham Parent Peer Facilitators
  • 30-60 mins session per week
  • 1-8 weeks with a clear transition process put in place for when the contact ends
  • Group sessions will be developed where this would be helpful and appropriate
  • Virtual Coffee Mornings early years/primary and secondary
  • Signposting and referrals to other support and services as and when appropriate

To find out more about parenting support offered in Newham, visit and complete a referral for befriending support.


Parent Pathways Training

This course is for parents interested in developing their skills to support other parents in their community.

By the term ‘parents’ we mean, mothers, fathers, grandparents and carers who have experienced carrying out a parenting role.

This course will equip you to:

  • Identify your strengths in supporting parents
  • Learn about what your community needs
  • Gain skills in befriending and volunteering parents

To find out course details, please click here.

To sign up, please visit here.


You can also find out more about what is available to young people by going on this page on our website.

If you’re on social media check us out @HeadStartNewham on:

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For any questions or support, you can still contact us Monday to Friday from 9 am – 5 pm on the following details:


T: 020 3373 8600