Parent Support Worker

My name is Hayley Stephens and I am a mother of 3 young children who also go to a Church of England Primary School. I have worked for many years running self-esteem and confidence workshops for children and have supported many families through various capacities in my job roles over the years.

I am passionate about supporting parents/carers from all walks of life and helping to equip and enable them to feel more capable and positive about everyday life challenges. I am looking forward to getting know as many parents as I can and making sure I provide you the very best support.

I would love to find out more about what you would like support with. If you have any questions, support needs and ideas going forward, please feel free to email, call or drop a note into the parent support box at reception or join me at one of the Cuppa & Cake mornings!


1-1 Meetups

Monday afternoons either virtually, or in school

I am always happy to meet with you in person to discuss any challenges you might be having. Life can get so busy and consuming sometimes, that we just need someone to share what we are going through, so you feel listened to and understood.

I will always try to offer helpful coping strategies.


Trickbox Courses

I will be running Trickbox courses during the year for ALL parents/Carers.

Each course helps you to be the best version of you and provides helpful parenting strategies so you can have a happier and healthier family life.

The Next Trickbox Courses on being Assertive runs for 3 weeks on the following dates:

Thursdays 5th May – 19th May
1.30pm  at The Life Centre

Encouraging feedback received from Tracey who attended a Trickbox course:

The course has provided me with some great tools in helping to have the confidence to deal with various situations, not just with my children, but in life situations too. Even taking the time out to do the course and hear from other people who have similar feelings and/or similar situations has proved incredibly useful and productive. 

I think sometimes the act of taking time out to think and share ideas helps you feel as though something is changing already and committing to the course has helped me follow this on. By committing to making things better using tools from the course I feel that things at home and work have improved already and I am working on this with my husband also. 

Please email if you would like to book a place:
h.stephens@st-johns.bournemouth.sch.uk

Click HERE for more information on ALL Trickbox courses running this year.


Introduction to Autism for Parents – Training Courses

This course is currently full but a list is being collated of anyone interested in attending so that further sessions can be added as required.

Please note: This is a FREE course and your family does not need to have a diagnosis to attend.


Parenting isn’t always easy – but it may be feeling harder than usual right now. Our recent research found that 8 out of 10 parents are showing at least one of the warning signs of parental burnout due to the impacts of the pandemic. This included feelings of anxiety, depression, isolation, mental exhaustion and disruption to sleep.  

We’ve been working on advice for when things get tough. From guidance on how your child’s behaviour can affect you, to how to manage burnout and what to do if you feel you’re struggling to cope.  

If you need to talk to someone, you can also connect with a parenting coach via our 1:1 live chat service.

Click the picture above to visit our Parent Talk Website.

The Parent Talk Team

What can I do if my child has a meltdown? 

Meltdowns are an involuntary emotional response to the senses being overloaded. They’re different from tantrums, which usually have a purpose, and are a response to not getting or being able to do what they want.

When having a meltdown, your child will be looking to you to help them regain control of their feelings.

How can I deal with an autistic meltdown?

If your child has autism, meltdowns may be stronger and more frequent. Your child may also need more recovery time. Some of the usual calming strategies may not work, but you can learn to help your child. 

What can I do if my child is being violent?

If your child has autism, meltdowns may be stronger and more frequent. Your child may also need more recovery time. Some of the usual calming strategies may not work, but you can learn to help your child. 

If your child has autism, meltdowns may be stronger and more frequent. Your child may also need more recovery time. Some of the usual calming strategies may not work, but you can learn to help your child. 

Anger management for teens or tweens

If your child is being angry or aggressive, it’s important to realise that these aren’t necessarily the emotions your child is trying to show you. Read our tips for helping them manage their emotions.


Reading with Extra-CARE for Young Children with Autism and Language Delays
by Caroline Webster Stratton, PhD


BCP Inclusion HAF Activities
(Holiday Activities and Food Programme)

If you meet the following criteria you can register with our Inclusion HAF Programme. 

  • A Resident of Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole
  • Children aged between 5 – 16yrs
  • A family eligible and in receipt of benefits related free school meals 
  • Registered as meeting the criteria for Special Educational Need (SEN) or have a disability

Registering will ensure that we can keep you up to date with all the activities on offer and enable you to book your places.

Click HERE to register with the HAF Programme