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  • 5 mothers interviewed between two and three months after completing the baby massage At the time of the baby massage the babies were aged between 8weeks and 9 months. All the babies were born whilst living on Chivenor Of the five women interviewed 4 in the Army 1 in the RAF
  • In response to being asked about how they felt being on their own during their pregnancy
  • Having an appreciation of techniques like baby massage enable a parent to support soothing Only one person interviewed has had husband at home, described her second pregnancy as strategically planned, following their experience of moving 3 times with their first child. Another described feeling disappointed that her husband had missed the birth of their first baby and being there this time for the first 4 months was important to family life. You will need to provide very reliable love and comfort to your child, make time to play and explore together in a way that follows your child’s natural interests and curiosity, and create predictable rituals around bedtime, meals, and other daily tasks as a way of helping your child develop trust. Do and say things that let your child know you were “holding him in your mind” even when you were away –
  • An infant (from the Latin word infants , meaning "unable to speak" or "speechless") is the very young offspring of a human. When applied to humans, the term is usually considered synonymous with baby or bairn (Scotland), but the latter is commonly applied to the young of any animal. When a human child learns to walk, the term toddler may be used instead. The term infant is typically applied to young children between the ages of 1 month and 12 months; however, definitions may vary between birth and 2 years of age. A newborn is an infant who is only hours, days, or up to a few weeks old. In medical contexts, newborn or neonate (from Latin, neonates , newborn) refers to an infant in the first 28 days after birth; [1] the term applies to premature infants, post mature infants, and full term infants. Before birth, the term foetus is used.
  • Age specific similar programmes to support emotional and social development. Ante natal – CC with midwife offer a 4 week programme, military dads do attend if home, home visits with midwives Baby massage – CC offer 1:1 or as a course we have identified first time parents and those living on the base HLAYB –first time parents in health centre CC Solihull birth – 18 years based on approach developed by Solihull NHS Care Trust CC with PSA /school nurse Thrive ftc – The thrive approach helps adults respond to a child’s situation in a way that supports their emotional and social development
  • Evaluation completed after every course we have begun to do some follow up for example at 3 months if using learning, accessing other services etc. Undertaking the Baby massage 3 month follow up 3 families had since moved away. Reference material in packs Ofsted Quote : Several families from the military base reported their high levels of appreciation. Parents describe the “immense involvement of the centre that has helped to make a huge improvement financially, socially and knocked the edge off their isolation” One parent described the Children’s Centre as “support for us as a family” Although no designated centre parents describe the Children’s centre as having a good presence, services on the patch , being able to walk to services ,newsletters regularly posted out to families Chivenor Bedtime stories: Dads deployed on Operation Herrick 14 were invited to record stories for their children. Feedback from a parent 18 months on described the project as “ good, brilliant –soothed the boys hearing his voice – wanted it on all the time. Communication was difficult often calls were cut off “hearing his voice made them happy” “seeing them happy made me happy ” In talking to the 20 dads who took part the majority had never been invited to do anything like this before and were keen to know what support the Children’s Centre could offer to their families whilst they were away.
  • As a Virtual Children’s Centre our success in supporting families requires strong Partnerships and having a profile within the community. Our partners are represented on the Children’s Centre Advisory Board . It’s purpose to provide a challenging role, to give focus and direction and ensure a good service is provided to local children and families and to help facilitate partner organisations to work well together. All our services are either Co delivered with partners and/or delivered in partner facilities On Chivenor parents have helped shape services offering their homes to facilitate courses Difficult to prioritise as DCC don’t yet see military children as a priority
  • Attachment and the services

    1. 1. Family Support in Infancy Braunton Children’s Centre at RMB Chivenor Presentation to SCSN conference 10th October 2013 Diane Pedley Children’s Service Manager Anne Bradley Children’s Centre Lead
    2. 2. Outline • More detail of what we provide through the child and family journey with the Children’s Centre (CC) and copies of presentation in the pack • Importance of attachment • Role of CC practice • Supporting military community families – how extra amazing they are working in partnership
    3. 3. Importance of early infant attachment • Attachment theory is one of the most popular and empirically grounded theories relating to parenting. • Bowlby believed that the earliest bonds formed by children with their caregivers have a tremendous impact that continues throughout life. • The central theme of attachment theory is that primary caregivers who are available and responsive to an infant's needs allow the child to develop a sense of security, which creates a secure base for the child to then explore the world.
    4. 4. Why bother with the emphasis? • Children who are securely attached as infants tend to develop stronger self- esteem and better self-reliance as they grow older. These children also tend to be more independent, perform better in school, have successful social relationships, and experience less depression and anxiety. • Research from previous SCSN conferences shares the service children's experience and the need for professionals to understand and respond well to potential impacts on their social and emotional development. • There are 4/5 years of existence before school in which to develop the resilience to make challenges less impacting for children and families in key transition times of moving and separation.
    5. 5. Relevance to military families • By the nature of the organisation in which they exist, military families have more experiences that could influence bonding and attachment than other families • Stress on separation during pregnancy 3 occasions including a 3month period abroad 3 days after arriving on base when 28 weeks pregnant Alone for 2 months In the early stages of pregnancy away for 6 months
    6. 6. Feelings on separation • “emotional found it difficult the base being a distance from family..” • “Found it difficult to access health services” • “sister in law on the base was able to offer support” • “having the Children’s Centre with the Health Visitor there important..”
    7. 7. During baby's first year • Husband currently away until Christmas, due to go on training in Norway in January. Expecting another baby in April. Talking about daddy every day. • “hard with two children” establishing a routine, having no pattern when husband returns, “the children ignore him and don’t feel so attached “. • “having a routine during the day….. baby is teething at night, they miss their dad and are up at night…” • Parent shared that picking up her husband from Brize Norton as “the best and worst day of my life” Described her baby as being hysterical when seeing dad for the first time . Initially the baby wouldn’t go to him, let him feed or change her etc., took a long time for the family to adjust
    8. 8. How the Children’s Centre might support families • Support in the antenatal period in understanding what parent and baby need to achieve a good bond. • Support in understanding the elements of attachments in a world of change for the early infant • Provide family support to help with the general and specific issues military families may face.
    9. 9. Children’s Centre approaches are evidence based/ informed Antenatal course and 1:1 Baby Massage course and 1:1 Here’s Looking at You Baby suite of courses and 1:1 Solihull Parenting Course and 1:1 THRIVE ftc with day care setting of child
    10. 10. What difference does it make • Bit tricky for us to know for sure because of families transient experiences - tracking of impact difficult • Can have some confidence as evidence informed approaches used • Ofsted told us Parents describe the “immense involvement of the centre that has helped to make a huge improvement financially, socially and knocked the edge off their isolation” • Families feedback – Dad’s CD “good, brilliant –soothed the boys hearing his voice – wanted it on all the time. Communication was difficult often calls were cut off “hearing his voice made them happy” “seeing them happy made me happy ”
    11. 11. Working in partnership Supporting families to be the best they can is team work •Parent rep meetings/ Open mornings •Welfare Unit – developing and building links •Relationship with Health: midwives and health visitors, school nurse’s and CC team (BYCPT) •Relationship with Education: learning community, feeder schools, parent support advisor •Relationships preschools and settings including child minders – free resource library (SEAL box on separation and loss)
    12. 12. Contact Details Braunton Children’s Centre c/o My Start Children’s Centre Marlborough Road Ilfracombe Devon EX34 8JL Tel: 01271 865825