Parenting courses and family support

Family support services

Families requiring support can be referred to the children’s centre multi-disciplinary team. This team will help with any problems. The team includes Family Support Workers, Health Visitors, Nursery Nurses, Portage Workers and Social Workers. If you would like to find out more about the support available, you can ask your Midwife, Health visitor or drop into your local children's centre. Professionals wishing to refer a family to the Multi Agency Team (MAT) should complete the Early Help Referral Form and email it to

In addition, the Hackney Family Information Service (FIS) offers free, impartial advice and information on childcare, paying for childcare, funded places for 2-4 year olds as well as information and advice on local services and activities for children and families. 

Parenting programmes

Parenting programmes are available that:

  • support stressed or isolated parents
  • support families to provide the best possible start in life for babies and children
  • help parents to support their child’s learning
  • promote positive relationships between parents and their children

The FIS has produced information about the full range of parenting support services available.

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, we are expecting more parenting programmes to return, either online or in person. Information regarding parenting programmes will be updated on this page as we are notified.

Local services for birth to five years

Our journey from birth to five years provides trusted, age related and local information. It helps you to find your path through the many local activities and services available to support you and your family in Hackney, and to ensure that your child is happy, healthy and ready to learn.

Five to Thrive

The Five to Thrive model is a way of understanding how important connected relationships are to human wellbeing and help us to build resilient communities. Five to Thrive describes a neurological sequence of relational activities that can be observed every time humans connect to meet an attachment need in another person; young humans need connected relationships to build healthy brains, and all humans need connected relationships to maintain healthy brains and recover from toxic stress (trauma).

You can access a selection of online resources related to the Five to Thrive key messages.

Other support

Hackney Local offer: Hackney's Local Offer website sets out information about services and support available for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND) who are aged 0 to 25. It also offers more general information on childcare and family support.

Hackney Find Support Services Map: This map displays voluntary and community organisations offering help to Hackney’s diverse community, especially to those who are affected by coronavirus.


Hackney Family Information Services

020 8820 7590
This page was last modified on: 4 May 2021