A SERIES of online courses helping support parents, parents-to-be, grandparents and care-givers in Wales have been launched.

The courses have been designed by the NHS and experts from Public Health Wales to offer extra support with understanding development and emotional milestones of children, from pre-birth to late teens.

It is split into four topics:

  • Understanding pregnancy, labour birth and your baby
  • Understanding your baby
  • Understanding your child
  • Understanding your teenager’s brain


Amy McNaughton, consultant in public health at Public Health Wales said: “Healthy family relationships are important in supporting children’s well-being and development, particularly in the earliest years of life.

“Families in Wales are living through extraordinary times. I can’t stress enough that it is completely normal to need help, and that it is ok to ask for and accept it.”

The Welsh Government's deputy minister for health and social services Julie Morgan said: “We know that parents and care-givers are facing new challenges trying to adapt to today’s situation so we’re working to help them to find the positives through these times. As part of that, we’re supporting Public Health Wales’ initiative and other approaches through our ‘Stay Home. Stay Positive’ campaign.

“This innovative approach means an evidence-based parenting programme is available on a national basis, adding to the rich and varied support and advice already available across Wales.”

Professor Sally Holland, children’s commissioner for Wales, added: “This is such a fantastic resource and I’m so pleased to hear that Public Health Wales has decided to invest in such a practical tool.

“These are extraordinary times and families across the country are adapting to new, often difficult and stressful environments. All of this is impacting on children’s well-being. This free new resource will hopefully support caregivers in Wales to create and maintain healthy family relationships.”

To get access visit inourplace.co.uk and use the code SWSOL.

The courses will be available until May 2021.