NCT Courses and Covid-19

Covid-19 price promise: If some or all of your course takes place online due to Covid-19, we promise to give you a course price discount related to how much of the course is online. 

Courses until the end of June 2021 are online to bring you local, fully interactive and inclusive courses when Covid-19 infection rates are high and official guidance for pregnant women remains in place – a decision supported by the Royal College of Midwives. 

"Antenatal classes can be incredibly helpful in preparing for childbirth and parenthood – and for meeting and sharing experiences with other parents-to-be. Online classes, like those offered by NCT, are the safest and most practical option currently and still offer those opportunities, even if the experience is different to getting together in person."

- Royal College of Midwives 

We are taking decisions on whether courses from July 2021 onwards will be delivered online or in-person on a month-by month-basis.  We are updating course information on our website and contacting you if have booked a course place explaining why, so you know how your course will run 6-10 weeks before it begins. 

How we make decisions about the delivery of NCT courses

As the UK’s largest parenting charity and leader in the field of antenatal education, we make informed decisions with full consideration to the current and any (confirmed) future UK government restrictions and official guidance and the most reliable research findings and data regarding pregnancy and Covid-19.   

We also consult closely with our colleagues at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and Royal College of Midwives (RCM).  

It’s our charitable mission to support all parents to have the most positive experiences of pregnancy, birth and the early days, so we will: 

  • act promptly and transparently, informing you how and why your course will be delivered as early as practically possible.  
  • always make decisions that offer the best experiences available whilst protecting you, our parents, your babies and our NCT course leaders. 

Becoming a mother is a life-changing experience. So help to prepare yourself by spending time with other new mums in the same boat. You’ll learn from each other’s experiences and build your confidence on our Early Days course.

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NCT Early Days course

Your first few months as a mother can feel amazing – and overwhelming at the same time. It’s normal to feel uncertain as you begin to find your feet. 

NCT Early Days introduces you to a supportive group of new mums, while bringing you the skills you need to adjust. Here you’ll get all the information you need to confidently parent your new baby and navigate your relationships. 

What to expect

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Expert course leaders

Our warm, supportive course leaders bring years of personal and professional experience to every session. Always happy to listen, help and work through questions, all our course leaders are trained to the highest standard by NCT. ​​​​​

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A close-knit network

NCT Early Days classes are for mums with babies under 6 months – you can bring your babe-in-arms with you. Whether or not you make lifelong friends, these classes mean you’ll have a close group around you during those important early days.​​​​​​

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An informed approach

We want you to feel confident that you’re making the right decisions for your family. So we help you explore parenting objectively and consider what might work for you and your baby.

We’ll also bring you the latest, evidence-based information and techniques, so you can make informed decisions.

What you’ll learn 

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Early care

Our Early Days courses don’t cover set topics – your course leader will talk about the issues that are most important to the group. But you’re likely to talk about infant sleeping, managing and calming crying, understanding your baby, feeding experiences and decisions, and your baby’s development.

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Self-care

Looking after your baby is important, but so is looking after yourself. It’s important to make sure your needs are met, too. We’ll talk about common issues new mums face – from the impact of your baby on your relationship, to sex after childbirth and returning to work.

Two mums talking

Shared experiences

Sharing your stories and anxieties with other mums can really help you feel better. You’ll realise that no problem is unique, and that many of your worries are shared by other mums. From your birth experiences to your worries about parenting, you can share safely here.

Pricing

Our courses vary in price depending on length and location. To see a list of all prices and locations, search for your nearest course or drop us an email.

We want every parent to have access to our courses, so we offer flexible payment plans and generous discounts for parents relying on certain benefits, or whose total household income is less than £30,000 per year. Drop us a confidential email to learn more. 
 

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NCT Membership

NCT Membership

Become an NCT member and join a community of new parents, all experiencing pregnancy, birth and early parenthood together.