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There are lots of possible reasons for difficult behaviour in toddlers and young children.

Often it's just because they're tired, hungry, overexcited, frustrated or bored. A child's behaviour is a form of communication with you

Below is a helpful video from the NHS and we have linked to some resources that you may find useful.

NHS guidance on dealing with children's behaviour

The NHS have created some helpful guides and resources to help parents better understand behaviour challenges in their children and what they can do to support them. You can view this by clicking here

The Journey of Parenting (PAFT Group Course)

Bedford Borough Children's Centres' Universal Parenting Offer: The Journey of Parenting course is a four-week condensed provision that can be delivered within a group setting or as 1-1. This is aimed for support regarding Play, behaviour strategies, sleep, routines, family wellbeing and brain development.

Parents can be signposted to the group provision and there is not a requirement for a referral though with the group provision, a one-to-one practitioner will not be assigned. 


To book on to the journey of parenting, service users can follow this link: 

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Children's Centre Behaviour Workshops

Bedford Borough's Childrens Centres offer free workshops on behavoour for parents of children aged 18 months to 3 years.

You can book on to an upcoming workshop by clicking here

Triple P Positive Parenting Programme

The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program ® is a parenting and family support system designed to prevent – as well as treat – behavioral and emotional problems in children. It aims to prevent problems in the family, school and community before they arise and to create family environments that encourage children to realise their potential.

Triple P draws on social learning, cognitive behavioral and developmental theory as well as research into risk factors associated with the development of social and behavioral problems in children. It aims to equip parents with the skills and confidence they need to be self-sufficient and to be able to manage family issues without ongoing support.

And while it is almost universally successful in improving behavioral problems, more than half of Triple P's 17 parenting strategies focus on developing positive relationships, attitudes and conduct.

Triple P is delivered to parents of children aged 3 up to 12 years.

To find out more click here

Parents As First Teachers (PAFT) 1 - 1

Parents as first teachers (1-1)-

The PAFT provision is an 8-session course that is completed every 2-4 weeks with parents and carers exploring the following: Play, child development, parenting behaviours, developmental topics (age specific), brain development, family culture and perspectives and family support. PAFT is designed as a universal parenting programme that is not always suitable for parents who have additional needs, mental health or EAL, though a bespoke package can be produced to try and meet the need of the service user. This course is not intensive, rather a nurturing provision that is aimed at clients whose children are in parental care. Should contact be arranged where children are not in parental care, cases will be discussed on an individual basis to explore the most appropriate provision.

If a family would like to do 1-1 PAFT they are welcome to approach anyone within the children's centre to discuss this