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Free online courses for parents and carers

  • 0-1 Years
  • 1-5 Years
  • 5-11 Years
  • 11-19 Years
  • SEND
  • Child development and growing up
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We know that parenting at any stage can be a challenge. From reading baby cues to toddler tantrums, growing independence to teenage emotions. That's why 'In Our Place' offers free courses to help you understand how best to support your child.

How a parenting course can help

If you’re struggling with an aspect of your child’s behaviour, or simply want to be prepared for the changes ahead, these courses are for you.

The courses are:

  • completely free
  • designed by experts in collaboration with parents
  • split into bite-size chunks that you can complete at your own pace
  • interactive, including videos and quizzes
  • accessible on mobile devices

It is an easy way to add to your parenting knowledge whenever you get a spare few minutes. It could be on the bus to work, waiting at the school gate or during a TV advert break.

You can either read or listen to the course content, and the courses are available in multiple languages.

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Who the courses are aimed at

These courses are for you if you are:

  • pregnant, or your partner is pregnant
  • a parent or carer of a child aged 0 to 19
  • a teenager (there are specific courses just for you)

What courses are available

Choose from a range of courses including:

  • understanding your baby
  • understanding your child: from toddler to teenager
  • understanding your child with additional needs
  • understand your child's mental health and wellbeing
  • understanding your teenager's brain
  • understanding your feelings - for teenagers only
  • understanding your relationships
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Last reviewed: 22 April, 2024

What others say about the courses

This course has been an absolutely invaluable gift to me. It has and will change so many aspects of my life. I am undoubtedly a better parent and more rounded and fulfilled person as a result. Some aspects have literally been like "Eureka" moments to me! I WISH I’d known all this years ago.
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Understanding your child: from toddler to teenager

Well presented information, with enough biology/explanation to fully understand the changes that are taking place - also good/helpful suggestions of how to accommodate the teen years - thank you.
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Understanding your teenagers brain

My 15 year old watched the sensory video clips. He identified his brothers behaviour in some of them but very much saw himself. He commented 'Mum that's me and that's why I do what I do!' Since he asked me for the link for the clips and sent them to his friend, who had been calling him weird so he could understand him better. He also opened up to his friendship group about his autism and can talk to them about is is like to be him.
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Understanding your child with additional needs

Access the free online parenting courses

Follow the steps below to access the free online courses.

  1. Go to the course library on the inourplace website.
  2. Enter the access code PARENT24
  3. Fill in the form to create an account.
  4. Pick a course and start learning.
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