Parents in the workplace

Expert-led courses designed to help parents transition into and return from parental leave by supporting the health and wellbeing needs of parents.

Our GP-led parent and baby health sessions can help empower parents to take better control of their own and their baby/toddler’s health, reduce parental anxiety, and help them navigate the world of health.

It is well recognised that supporting parents during the transition of becoming a parent, be it first time or multiple times, will help employers show support, value and retain employees.

0%
of children aged 1-36 months
have been unnecessarily taken to A & E in the last 12 months
0%
of parents
considered the first 3 years of their child’s life the most stressful
0%
of parents
admitted their child’s health and wellbeing is their biggest concern in life

Survey of 2,000 parents by OnePoll. March 2014 commissioned by Nurofen for children

We focus on health for Carers looking after young and old. Our parent and baby health sessions are perfect for those expecting and those with children under 3.

Retention of new parents is a huge challenge for employers. The cost of rehiring and retraining is high. Offering new parents practical and relevant support during this transition is key.

Parents make up a large proportion of employees
  • Frequent parental leave is a challenge for organisations but supporting parents during this transition and back into work is essential for organisations.
  • Parents are hungry for the right information about how to look after their baby's health and their own health after having a baby.
  • Parents are turning to all sorts of resources, including social media, for medical advice!
  • Parents frequently attend GP surgeries, call 111 and attend emergency departments and out of hours health care access for health concerns about their babies, and themselves.
  • Employers face losing employees due to stress of managing family and work life.
  • Learning about health-related issues can help ease anxiety, reduce frequent and unnecessary attendances, and educate parents about when and where to seek help when needed.

We run a variety of courses for parents at different stages of parenthood.
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Course details

Corporate courses are designed to meet the employee/stage of parenthood. All courses are for women and men. This is usually: Pre-birth,  younger baby (6 weeks to 6 months) and older baby/return to work session (6 months + to toddlers).

The length of session can be tailored to the organisation’s desires and needs but generally the format is:

  • 3 x 45-60 minute onsite course
  • 90 minute condensed course
  • 3-3.5 hour/half day course

The content of each session will help your employees feel more confident, more knowledgeable and less anxious about their own and their baby’s health. By discussing health conditions parents and babies are LIKELY to face, employees will feel prepared for their parental leave and parenthood journey. 

These sessions are the perfect place for employees to meet other parents facing the same challenges of ‘work and parenting’, and will be able to support each other within the organisation.

Course Series

FOR PARENTS-TO-BE

Covering around the time of delivery and the first few weeks of newborn life.

We will focus on birth and delivery from a medical point of view. Preparing parents for the  physical, emotional and psychological health needs. 

This course can be paired with a session from our Perinatal Psychiatrist as we wish to destigmatise, raise awareness and improve understanding of postnatal depression and other perinatal mental health issues in parents

PART A: 

PARENT TOPICS:

  • Practical and evidence-based information and discussion to help educate and prepare parents for their experience ahead.

PART B:

BABY TOPICS:

  • Common and serious illness in babies.
  • When to worry?
  • What is normal and abnormal in the newborn phase.

For parents of babies approximately 6 weeks to 6 months old

This can be run as a keep in touch day for those on parental leave

  • Bringing parents back into the workplace is a  powerful way of helping retain and include them.
  • This session can be is reflective of experiences so far and looks at the future of younger baby and parent health during this phase.

RETURN TO WORK SESSION

  • Pitched at employees returning to work after parental leave, OR for the partner of those returning.
  • This stage of parenting presents a huge challenge for employees and the organisation. Absence levels are often high during the first year due to common childhood illnesses.
  • We discuss how to manage them and what to look out for, and when to worry.
  • With improved health understanding parents will feel much more prepared for returning to work, will feel less anxious, and feel more empowered to speak to others about any issues they are having. 
  • The peer-to peer support and employer support offered at this stage is a powerful way to retain new parents in the workplace.

Contact Smart About Health today to discuss our course details

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