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NCT is the UK’s largest charity for parents, providing support for parents through antenatal and postnatal courses, website, local branches and community infrastructure, their helpline and much more.

NCT Signature antenatal and NCT Essentials antenatal help mums- and dads-to-be work out how to approach labour, practice birthing positions and breathing, as well as parenting skills. Postnatal courses aim to help people feel more confident and supported in your new life as a parent. All courses provide lots of emotional support, from both the teacher and from the other parents to be in the class.

nctWith over 300 branches with 15,000 volunteers on hand to help with local branch and community support, this nationwide network of local branches has evolved to reach and support all parents and parents-to-be during their First 1,000 Days – a time of major change in their lives. This is made possible thanks to the dedication of volunteers, who organise a wide range of social activities and events to enable local parents to meet and access support.

NCT support extends even beyond that, with local volunteers organising Nearly New Sales, Baby Groups and more that offer support and solutions for parents as their children grow.

Highly Recommended: Daisy First Aid
Daisy First Aid offers fun and fear-free first aid courses designed specifically for parents and child carers. In a two hour class, which takes place in the attendees own home or local venue, the world of emergency first aid unfolds, as parents, grandparents and care givers interact and learn the skills they need to save a life and to treat the most common accidents and emergencies

Highly Recommended: Little Heroes ASD Support

Little Heroes ASD Support Group is a parent led support group for families of children who are on the autistic spectrum.  Helen and Kim met on a professional level when Kim’s son Alfie was in the early days of receiving an official diagnosis of autism back in 2011.

Highly Recommended: Basildon & Thurrock BRAS

We have trained breastfeeding peer supporters and breastfeeding counsellors.
We offer online and face to face breast/chestfeeding and parenting support for families.
Basildon & Thurrock BRAS is linked to South Essex Slings and Babies in Waiting, Thurrock.

2020 Winner: NCT

2019 Winner: NCT

2018 Winner: NCT

2017 Winner: NCT

2016 Winner: NCT
2015 Winner: NCT
2014 Winner: Talking Tots

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