Child and parents or carers at home

For parents and carers

Brighter Futures for Children provides a range of support and guidance for parents and carers

Activities, ideas & local services for you and your family


Activities over half term

Over the autumn half term break, Reading has plenty of activities and clubs especially for children. You can find out what’s happening in your area here.

Reading Children’s Centres

For parents and carers with children under five, our children’s centres run an incredible array of activities both online and in person. To see the latest programme, head to the Children’s Centres page.

Sessions include:

  • Baby massage: learn baby massage techniques and get some quality, uninterrupted time with your baby.
  • Sing and sign: learn everyday signs to communicate and bond with your baby
  • Sleep workshop:  Join us for just one workshop and learn new ways to settle your baby or toddler at bedtime.
  • Mini Maestros: baby and toddler music classes



  • Reading and sharing stories with children is great for their development – andDi Smith reading a book for World Book Day it’s fun for everyone! Watch our Board Chair, Di Smith, here reading Doughnuts for a Dragon for World Book Day 2021.

What’s your favourite book? Share a story with us on Facebook or Twitter.

  • Get Berkshire Active has lots of activities and challenges to help you stay active togetherYoung girl and parents or carers in garden
  • Join Reading Libraries for story time every Tuesday here on its Facebook page
  • Reading  Museum has various online activities for all ages to try here, as does Reading University’s Museum of Rural Life 
  • For info and things to do, visit our Family Information Service‘s activities guide
  • Also, see online events and activities by local organisations here on What’s on Reading

BFfC activity sheets or resources

Other ideas (national organisations)

More ideas for you and your family this winter can be found here, on our support for parents and carers page.

If you’re looking for support for learning at home, see this page.

Or for any young people, aged 13+, see activities on our young people’s zone.

For advice and tips on managing your mental wellbeing, see here.