Family Support


"Parenting can be a challenge at times and it can often be difficult managing home and school life. We are here to offer practical advice and support throughout the school term. Based in a private office in the Junior School, we work with families and children across the Parsons Down Partnership. You can access family support by email, phone call or coming into one of the school offices. We can also arrange to visit you at home. Our aim is to ensure that families and children are well supported, enabling children to achieve their potential.

We support children in lots of different ways, working with them either on a 1:1 basis or in a group setting. We can provide support for children and families with issues varying from transition between class and year groups to family issues, including bereavement and parental separation. We work alongside many other local agencies and are able to signpost on or make referrals to further support you might need.

We offer various additional courses both at the school and at other local sites. Previous courses have included sleep workshops, The Incredible Years (a practical and supportive parenting course for parents/carers) and Time out for Special Needs (a course specifically for parents/carers who are parenting children with additional needs). Please keep an eye out in the newsletters for any upcoming courses.


We hold different groups throughout the school year including our first time drop off coffee mornings, aimed at foundation stage parents who are dropping their child at school for the first time. We also hold a popular weekly coffee morning for all parents/carers to attend."

Amy B and Amy C (Our Family Support Team)

Our Family Support Department works closely with our SEN,D Coordinator to create the best outcome for all children at our Partnership.


To get in touch with our Family Support Workers please use the following contact details:

Telephone – 01635 862475

Email –              

Alternatively, come to the weekly coffee morning held on Thursdays at the Junior School. Complimentary refreshments are provided.

Over the next few months, there will be 3 SEND focused workshops here at the school. They are open to all parents/carers of children with additional needs (pre and post diagnosis) in our area.

Please see details below for further information:

Anxiety Workshop: Managing Stress and Anxiety within our Children - Thursday 23rd January 2020, Parsons Down, 1:00-3:00pm.

Behaviour Workshop: Understanding and Supporting our Children's Behaviour with a Therapeutic Approach - Wednesday 26th February 2020, Parsons Down, 9:00-11:15am.

Sensory Processing Workshop: Difficulties with Sensory Processing - Monday 9th March 2020, Parsons Down, 1:00-3:00pm.

Please see the following documents/links for information on family support in your area:

Home Start West Berkshire

Advice and a Slice

West Berks SEND Local Offer Newsletter Spring 2019

Parsons Down Infant School

Paynesdown Road, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 3TE


Tel: 01635 862475


Parsons Down Junior School

Herons Way, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 3SR


Tel: 01635 866700


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