Family Support: Parenting Groups (Home-Start Edinburgh West and South)

Availability : North West / South West

Who is this for?

  • Baby massage is open to parents/carers with a baby aged 6 weeks to 1 year old
  • Peep groups are open to parents/carers with babies/toddlers up to 2 years old
  • Drop-in groups are open to families with at least one child under 5 years old

Who provides this?

  • Home-Start Edinburgh West and South (HSEW)


Home-Start Edinburgh West and South (HSEW) groups for parents/carers aims to:

  • reduce social isolation
  • increase connectedness to the community
  • improve your relationship with your child
  • increase your confidence
  • recognise child(ren)’s development/learning and feel better equipped to support it
  • recognise the importance of your wellbeing.

HSEW groups build on your strengths and offer opportunities to share your experiences and support others in a similar situation. Groups are delivered by trained and supported staff and volunteers.

Baby massage sessions (up to 5) are delivered to new parents to improve confidence and promote positive mental health and attachment.

Parents are then encouraged to join Peep Learning Together Programme (PLT) delivered in 5 themes:

  • personal, social and emotional development
  • communication and language
  • early literacy and numeracy
  • health and physical development.

Sessions also make best use of national themed weeks and promotional materials such as healthy eating, Bookbug, Digital Awareness, Child Accident Prevention Week and Mental Health Week.

During the COVID-19 lockdown, HSEW is also offering drop-in zoom sessions to all families that they support. Themes/discussions for drop-in sessions will be directed by the families involved.

There are also opportunities to join Peep progression pathway sessions (PPP) focusing on a single learning strand with an option of accredited learning.

HSEW are exploring how to deliver antenatal Peep and engage with parents before the baby’s birth.

How do I access this?

  • Self-referrals
  • Referrals by third parties

Is there a cost?


Is there a waiting list?


Location information

Group sessions have been delivered remotely during the COVID-19.

Opening times

Monday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Tuesday9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Wednesday9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Thursday9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Friday9.00 am – 12.00 pm

Contact Details

Room S3, 525 Ferry Road, Edinburgh EH5 2FF

Social media:


Home-Start Edinburgh West and South referral form
(93.47 KB vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document)

Home-Start Edinburgh West and South leaflet
(2.02 MB pdf)

Type of support on offer:

Information and advice
Support from someone with similar experience
Support in person


Healthy living
Learning, employability, volunteering
Loneliness/isolated groups

Share this page

Was this page helpful?

Is all the information correct?

Other Suggested Services

Coping with the new normal (Edinburgh Food Project and Health in Mind)

Informative and practical course designed to equip you with tools helpful to recognising stress and managing your own wellbeing and personal resilience in these challenging times.

Counselling (Edinburgh Food Project and Health in Mind)

Counselling delivered by Health in Mind.

Money Advice Service (Edinburgh Food Project)

Advice and support from fully trained debt and welfare rights advisers.