Playing with Other Children
Things You Can Do To Help
- Give your child lot of chances to be around other children; either with family, friends or at the local park. (Don’t worry if they just like to watch).
- Practice turn taking in games, take turns in choosing what to do next.
- Help them understand how they make other people feel good and how they might make people feel sad –this is an important part of being a good friend.
- Let them try and work out any disagreements themselves.
- Set aside time to chat together without distractions. This develops social skills and keeps you in touch with what is happening in your child’s life.
Who Can Help?
Remember all children are different but if you are worried speak to your child's nursery or preschool setting, they will be happy to talk to you about how best to support your child. If you are still worried, contact Just One Number to talk to a health professional for advice and support.
You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
If you are 11-19 you can text Chathealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of the Healthy Child Programme team.
Alternatively you can go to see your GP to discuss concerns.
To speak to other Norfolk parents and carers, you can join our online community forum below.