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What we do for parents
Local branch support
Our nationwide network of local branches has evolved to reach and support all parents and parents-to-be during a time of major change in their lives. This is made possible thanks to the dedication of our volunteers, who organise a wide range of social activities and events to enable local parents to meet and access support.
Every new parent faces a steep learning curve. We provide evidence based information in easy-to-understand formats, via our website, our e-newsletter, helplines, courses, magazines and other publications. Our information sheets, such as ‘Understanding your baby’s sleep’ offer more in-depth information and are used by health professionals as well as NCT practitioners.
Courses for parents
NCT knows how important it is for parents to find the information they need to prepare for their new life. That’s why we offer a range of courses to support them through their transition. NCT antenatal courses help them work out how to approach labour, practice birthing positions and breathing, as well as parenting skills. Our postnatal classes aim to help them feel more confident and supported in their new life as a parent. All our courses provide lots of emotional support, from both the teacher and from the other parents-to-be in the class.
Our helpline offers access to specialist information and support on pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding from our highly-trained breastfeeding counsellors and antenatal teachers. Our helpline also offers postnatal support with issues such as crying, sleep and depression in the weeks after birth.
We also have a Shared Experiences Helpline for those who have had a challenging experience during their pregnancy, birth or early parenthood which enables callers to talk to a volunteer who has had a similar experience.
Nearly New Sales
The cost of kitting out a child for the first five years can run into thousands of pounds. NCT Nearly New Sales are the perfect solution. You’ll find high-quality baby and children’s clothes, toys and equipment at bargain prices, straight from their loving owners. Find your nearest sale in your area.
Bumps and Babies groups
These small, friendly, local groups give new parents and parents-to-be the chance to meet regularly, socialise and make new friends.
We offer a wide range of events, such as Cheeky Monkeys Tea Parties, fundraising parties, open house informal coffee mornings hosted by NCT members in their own homes, and many more. Find out what’s going on near you.