Older Yet Wiser© Grandparent Course

ChildsSide CIC

Training Provider: ChildsSide CIC

Trainer: Liz Ranson & Judith Shalkowski

Course Length: 1 x 2hr Sessions

Next Course Date: 16/03/2018 1pm-3pm

Cost per person:


This 2-hour course is uniquely designed for you as a grandparent, all about your special relationship with your grandchild. We know that grandparents are the lynchpin of family life, contributing to a grandchild’s growth and development.

Many more grandparents are providing regular care for their grandchildren. Stay ahead of the game with exciting new information on the brain, child development, the value of play, and understanding feelings.

Discover helpful tools and tips on online safety, managing stress, and building resilience. Share your hopes for your grandchild’s future with new friends.

About the trainer

ChildsSide CIC
Pic of Judith Shalkowski for bio

Judith Shalkowski
Director / Facilitator, ChildsSide CIC

In 2015, ChildsSide set about inspiring families, so everyone benefits from sparking emotional connectivity. Liz and I are thrilled to be designing and co-facilitating workshops and seminars and contributing to positive relationships. We have delivered successful services, working with partners across Yorkshire, and are pleased to be working with myLifePool to provide Emotional Connections courses for parents and grandparents.

Across fifteen years of management experience with a major charity, I led and managed teams delivering services to children and families across Leeds and North Yorkshire. I’ve focused my professional career as an early years specialist and training provider on investing in families, empowering them to remain resilient to challenges and embrace opportunities in their lives.

Liz and I are infusing our Enthusiastic Parenting© workshops with recent research on trauma and brain development, and its application to child wellbeing, utilising up-to-date and practical information that benefits families. Our service delivery has received wholly positive feedback from funders and partners for using innovative resources to apply learning to the critical period of a child’s development, offering enough inspiration to families to help children thrive on their life journeys.

Associates Degree in Applied Sciences, Education
NVQ Early Years Specialist
Diploma, Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care for Children
Incredible Years, Basic, including Toddler and Early Years
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Restorative Practice and Safeguarding

ChildsSide CIC
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Liz Ranson
Director/ Facilitator, ChildsSide CIC

In the past 2 years, ChildsSide developed and delivered 3 seminars for Kinship/Fostering groups and 4 series of Older Yet Wiser© Workshops for grandparents across Leeds (funded by Big Lottery) and Bradford (Better Start Bradford/Bradford Trident). Judith and I have a growing reputation for integrity and our socio-educational workshops all have a stress-informed bias. Our mission is to facilitate access to current parenting/grandparenting views and research within the practical group workshops, allowing for a safe, positive, and respectful environment conducive to shared learning.

My professional practice as a senior midwife gives me extensive experience that helps me to support women, babies and families through their pregnancy and birth. I passionately believe in the right of women to choose their birth experience and aim to empower them to make informed decisions.

ChildsSide strongly believes in positive parenting and family connections; we aim with fun and innovative ideas to increase the overall health and emotional well-being of the family. Exciting new research is allowing us to discover and understand what we have to offer the next generations.

Qualifications: RN. RM. The Incredible Years – Basic including Toddler and Early Years
Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Training Course
Restorative Practice Awareness Training
Safeguarding Level 3 Training

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