Family Support and Resources

Principles of Nurture

  • Children's Learning is understood developmentally
  • The classroom offers a safe base
  • Language is a vital means of communication
  • All behaviour is communications
  • The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing
  • The importance of transitions in children's lives

Principles of Nurture Poster

SEND Newsletter 2023

SEND Newsletter December 2023

Waterside's Children's Centre

Christmas can be a hard time to cope for our children with SEND and we want to help.
Come along to our session which will include talks,information sharing and resource making. There will also be a play area for pre-school children too.

Coping at Christmas Poster

Moodspark - Mental Health Friends Workbook

Mental Health Friends Handbook

Moodspark Website

Includes Us 2

Face-to-Face Groups

Zoom Support

Coffee Mornings

Waterside Children's Centre

Come along once a month to the Waterside Children's Centre's friendly support group for parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

SEND Parent and Carer Support Group

Parent Information Sessions

Waterside's - Under 25s Parent Group

Black and Minority Ethnic Sahayak Support Services

Sahayak Support Service Leaflet

Rethink Asian Helpline

Rethink Asian Helpline Leaflet

How Mainstream Schools Support Children with SEN

The Education People have been funded by Kent County Council to deliver training to parents and carers of children with SEND from across Kent.

Support for Parents and Carers Leaflet

CUES Parenting Support Group

CUES Parenting Support Group

Kent Autistic Trust (KAT)

We have been informed that Kent Autistic Trust (KAT) have begun to provide information sessions for parents.

Kent Autistic Trust Family Support Website

Kent SEND Newsletter

To sign up to the Kent SEND Newsletter, head over to their website found below, you can also find previous editions to read.

Kent SEND Newsletter Website

Schools Reconnect Program Update

We are pleased to inform you of some exciting opportunities being made available to
children and young people in Kent by businesses and community organisations who are working with us to make Reconnect a success. These include:

  • Free travel on buses
  • Free learning opportunities
  • Discounted leisure centre offer
  • Locality events

Find more information here

Online Safety

UK Safer Internet Centre Website

Parent Toolkit - Online issues

An open letter

An open letter to children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), their parents, families and others who support them from Vicky Ford, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families.

Click here for more information

HomeStart Ashford & District - Working alongside families

HomeStart Leaflet

Parenting Drop in

The weekly Parenting Drop in session is aimed at all parents with children aged 0-25 years. If you have any concerns about your child/children’s behaviour or have found yourself in a challenging situation, please come along for advice, guidance and support. *No appointment necessary*

Parent Drop in - Ashford Youth Hub

Parenting Drop-In Information

Imago Short Breaks - Respite service for children with learning disabilities

For ages 8-13 years Imago provides:

  • Support for the child and the family
  • 6-7 hour day trips during the school half term and summer holidays
  • After school clubs (will hopefully be returning from April 2022)
  • Weekly online meeting via Zoom where we run various activities and games

For ages 14-19 year Imago provides:

  • Support for the young person and their family
  • 6-7 hour day trips once a month on a Saturday
  • 6-7 hour day trips during the school half term and summer holidays
  • Weekly online meeting via Zoom where we run various activities and games

The criteria for the service is that a child/young person needs to either have a diagnosis of a disability and/or have an EHCP in place or in process.

If you wish to refer any young people to the service, you can do here on their website: 

Imago Community Website

Kent's Local Offer

Are you a parent/carer of a child or young person with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)?

Register your interest today by visiting: 

Kent County Council Website or email 

with any questions you have or if you are unable to attend these sessions.

A new group for girls with diagnosed ADHD traits or are on the pathway to diagnosis.

Unstoppable Girls

PDA Supporters Group Kent

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A forum for parents and carers of children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) within Kent local authority.

Parent Guides

A Parent Guide to ADHDA Parent Guide to Cognition Learning - An Understanding of Dyslexia in the ClassroomA Parent Guide to Pupil Voice 

KCC Understanding Your Child

Solihull Courses Leaflet

Parent Consultation Line

Parent Consultation Line Flyer