Open for parents

Being a parent is not always easy. You are not alone if you find it difficult sometimes. But it’s OK. You can talk to us.

If you live in East Sussex and you’re worried about managing your child’s behaviour, supporting their development or their emotional wellbeing or you want support and advice to help build a positive relationship with your child, we can help.

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Education and home schooling

All children in all year groups returned to school full time from 8th March 2021. Here are some useful links to help you to support your child.

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Health and wellbeing

As we gradually come out of lockdown it might feel more difficult than usual to take care of your mental health and wellbeing.

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Parenting and relationships

This pandemic has upended family life around the world. School re-opening, working from home and gradually coming out of lockdown – it’s a lot to navigate for anyone, but especially for parents. Find handy links to help you manage this new normal, including information on how to handle your relationship issues.

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Working from home

If you have a job which is possible to do from your home, you may be working from home a lot more than usual. You might find this situation difficult to get used to.

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Benefits and financial advice

The DWP has suspended all face to face appointments at Jobcentres, you should not attend the job centre unless directed to do so for an exceptional purpose. The DWP is aiming to help most people online and over the phone and their online service is working as normal.

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Community services

The spread of coronavirus, and coming out of lockdown, may have implications for your community support.

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We’re here to talk.

If you can’t find the information you’re looking for or would simply like to speak to somebody, please contact us on 01424 725 800 or via email at info@openforparents.org.uk




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