Supporting mental wellbeing

The Early Years Framework (2008), which was developed by the Scottish Government, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) and other partners, focuses on building family capacity; creating communities that support the positive development of children; delivery services that meet children's holistic needs; and developing a workforce to deliver this agenda.

The early years workforce has a responsibility to support expectant parents and carers by:

  • Developing and delivery universal parenting programmes with a strong emphasis on mental health improvement
  • Supporting all children and families, including tailored support for parents
  • Involving expectant parents, prospective adoptive parents, parents, children and young people in developing information, resources and services to promote their mental wellbeing
  • Implementing local authority parenting frameworks

Pregnant women can be supported to maintain mental wellbeing through participation in antenatal groups which offer peer support in pregnancy and after birth. Women should be encouraged to participate in moderate exercise, such as swimming, which can improve mental and physical health.

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