Steps Ahead - Supporting Babies and Young Children born in Lockdown and their Families
Steps Ahead is a project that was launched in April 2022.
The purpose of the project is to provide support for families with babies and young children born during the COVID-19 pandemic, between March 2020-March 2022.
Children and Families Centres will offer focused programmes, tailored group and individual support for families who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Support for families in Gloucester, Stroud and the Forest of Dean will be provided by Barnardo’s, while support for families in Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and the Cotswolds will be provided by Aspire Foundation. Both services will also offer a targeted outreach programme for families in need of support who do not have easy access to an existing Children and Families Centre.
The Health Visiting Team will deliver bespoke health related advice and support county-wide. This will include tailored packages of care and group work to support child development, providing nutritional, sleep and behaviour advice, as well as supporting child/family relationships and infant mental health.
Families will be able to access sessions directly at Children and Families Centres across Gloucestershire. Sessions include Behaviour Management, Child Development, Healthy Eating, Toileting and Sleep.
Parents can now sign-up and book onto sessions through the online system:
For sessions in Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and Cotswold (including all groups at Brockworth Children and Family Centre)
For Sessions in Gloucester, Forest of Dean and Stroud
Guidance on creating an account can be found in the GCC and Coordinate Sport CABS sign up guide.
Availability of sessions will be updated regularly on the booking system above. Walk-ins are welcome for many sessions, but online booking is always recommended.