Personal Development Programmes

Our adult education programmes are available to parents and carers in Jersey who have been referred to Brighter Futures.

Circle of Security

For parents/carers with children from zero to ten years
(also available in Portuguese)
Two hour sessions

The focus of this parenting programme is relationships. It looks at ways of strengthening a parent/carer's abilities to observe and improve their care giving capacity. Video is used throughout to illustrate examples of different interactions and the principles central to Circle of Security parenting.

Wants and Wishes 

For parents/carers with children
1hr 30 min sessions

This looks at the parent/carer's strengths, skills and resources, enabling people to look at the difficulties and challenges they face in their own lives. Individual and group activities and discussions encourage you to focus on the choices you have made and the goals you set in order to make changes in your life. Various tasks encourage self reflection and evaluation which can help build self-esteem and self confidence. This course is further developed with Making Changes.

Making Changes

For parents/carers with children from zero to ten years
Two hour sessions

Following on from Wants and Wishes, this focuses on building one's self-esteem and self confidence and provides an opportunity for second chance learning. It's broken down into different blocks of sessions featuring various elements including effective thinking skills, self and mindfulness which can help lead on to further training and qualifications or preparation for employment or returning to work.

Study Group

For parents with children from birth to eight years
1hr 30 minute sessions

Parents/carers are invited to compile their own personal child study. These sessions complement the Growing Together groups and are based on three elements:

  • theory -group discussions based around a child's development,
  • practice - parents/carers, children and Brighter Futures' staff coming together to put learned theory into practice while using video to capture learning and reflection
  • footage of a child's play and learning forms the basis of group discussion in order to understand and support the child's development

Early Bird

For parents/carers with children under 5 years
2.5hr sessions

This is a parent programme combining group training sessions with individual home visits, where video feedback is used to help parents to combine theory with practice. The programme is for families of a pre-school child who has or is going through a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.

Functional Skills

For parents/carers
3hr session

The Functional Skills course provides skills, knowledge and understanding that you may need in order to progress and succeed in education, work and life. The Functional Skills qualification supports the development of practical skills in English, Maths and ITC, and is designed to help learners gain the most out of work, education and everyday life. There;s a strong focus on explanation and problem-solving, with a choice of paper assessment or on-screen, on-demand assessment.

Portuguese - English Courses

For parents/carers

These sessions are led by a bilingual Brighter Futures' facilitator and qualified teacher. The aim is to help those with a basic knowledge of English develop their language vocabulary and skills.

Incredible Years

For parents/carers with children zero to ten years
2hr session

This course is aimed at the parents/carers of children ages 0-10, who want to understand more about the growth and development of their child.


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