Parenting courses and advice


Primary, secondary schools and colleges will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers.

All other children will learn remotely until February half term.

Early Years settings remain open.

See the coronavirus help and support page.

Apply for your child’s primary school place: If your child was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017, then they are due to start primary school in September 2021. Don’t miss the deadline on 15 January 2021. If you miss the deadline you are much less likely to get the school you want.

Local parenting support

Find details about current programmes on the Open for parents website. They are for parents and carers of children and young people up to 19 years old.

Support in Hastings and Rye with emotional well-being issues

Education Futures Trust (EFT) offer Forest School and parenting courses.

Or search ESCIS for ‘parent support’. ESCIS is the East Sussex Community Information Service (ESCIS).

For more information, call the parenting team on 01424 725800 or email

Online advice and helpline

The charity Family Lives has a free helpline open seven days a week. See the website for advice, live chat, befriending, parenting and support groups.

Care for the Family has information on parenting and family life.

Parenting troubled teenagers – Relate.