Parenting Puzzle course

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Free courses for parents and carers of children aged 2 – 5 years

We all need a little support at times when it comes to looking after children, and across Central Bedfordshire, there are FREE courses for parents and carers of children aged 2-5yrs to help.

The Parenting Puzzle programme helps to build strategies to reduce the stress of parenting and prepare your children for school. It’s also a great place to meet other parents and carers in your area.

Parenting Puzzle is being run throughout the year at your local children’s centre with two courses available to residents of Central Bedfordshire.

Courses available

Four-week Parenting Puzzle Workshop

All sessions are free of charge. Those who book on to the course are welcome to attend alone or come with a partner, relative or friend.

The two-hour sessions, which run over four weeks, cover a broad range of topics such as:

  • the emotional well-being of parents, carers, and their children
  • understanding behaviour, listening skills, communication, praise, and encouragement
  • praise and guidance vs. criticism, child-led play, and positive moments
  • boundaries, parenting styles, time to calm down, dealing with stress and conflict
  • choices, consequences, behaviour to ignore, putting the puzzle together and looking after yourself

Ten-week Parenting Puzzle Nurturing Programme

This free programme delves into parenting in more detail, the two-hour per week sessions, running over ten weeks, focus on:

  • empowering parents and carers to build positive relationships with their children
  • understanding why children behave as they do
  • recognising the feelings behind behaviours (yours and your child’s)
  • exploring different approaches to discipline
  • finding ways to develop co-operation and self-discipline in children
  • learning the importance of looking after yourself

The ten-week programme has a creche available to support parents and carers attending. When booking, please let us know if you wish to use this facility.

Book your place

Sessions are held at local venues or Children’s Centres across Central Bedfordshire. Enquiries and bookings should be made directly with each centre through email or telephone. 

Four-week course bookings

Further dates for the four-week course are coming soon. 

Ten-Week course bookings

The ten-week course will be held at the following locations:


Starting on 27 April 2023, running on Thursday mornings from 10 am - 12 pm at Dunstable South Children’s Centre, Downside.

Telephone: 0300 300 8104 or 0300 300 8106


Starting 19 April 2023, running on Wednesday afternoons from 1.30 pm - 3 pm at Kingsmoor Lower School.

Telephone: 0300 300 8111 

Houghton Regis

Starting on 20 April 2023, running on Thursday afternoons from 12.45 pm - 2.45 pm at Tithe Farm Building, Tithe Farm Lower School.

Telephone: 0300 300 8115 or 0300 300 8129 

Leighton Buzzard

Starting on 19 April 2023, running on Wednesday mornings from 9.30 am - 11.30 am at Leighton Buzzard Children’s Centre.

Telephone: 0300 300 8880 

Sandy and Biggleswade

Starting on 26 April 2023, running on Wednesday mornings from 10.30 am - 12.30 pm at Sandy Children’s Centre.

Telephone: 0300 300 8114 or 0300 300 8134 

Shefford and Stotfold

Starting on 25 April 2023, running on Tuesday evenings from 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm at Shefford Children’s Centre.

Telephone: 0300 300 8112