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Jigsaw Families is an innovative programme supporting children and their care-givers with the knowledge, skills and confidence to develop healthy, strong, lasting and loving relationships.

Jigsaw Families sessions provide an informal, friendly and safe environment to explore the challenges of being a parent and offers strategies to help meet families' needs and build a richer engagement with the school/setting.

My family is a team and we all work together!

For children:

  • Children feel safe, secure and valued
  • Better equipped to manage their own emotions
  • Better communication and engagement with their parents & carers
  • Improved relationships between parents/carers
  • Increased self-worth and resilience
  • Enhanced learning capacity

The group was so supportive. We learned a lot from each other and from the stories too. I found it easier to join in than I first thought.

For parents & carers:

  • Informal, friendly and safe space to explore the challenges of parenting
  • Adds to parenting knowledge and skills
  • Builds a stronger relationship with their child
  • Strengthens understanding, co-operation and trust
  • Friendly support with other parents in the same group

We are very passionate about supporting parents and children. Jigsaw Families enables us to engage with parents on a different level, reinforcing the work done within our school.

For schools/settings:

  • Enables better parental engagement
  • Richer relationships between parents and children, and between parents and staff
  • Open and maintain effective communication between home and the school/setting
  • Support children to feel secure, manage emotions and be better equipped to access learning
  • Reduces barriers to learning
  • Enables children to positively transition through change

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How are sessions run?

The Jigsaw Families Programme is a series of six adult/child sessions led by trained and Accredited Facilitators from existing school or 'setting' staff delivered to Family Pairs (one parent/carer bringing one child).
Each of the sessions focuses on a key theme such as communication, managing change, belonging, positive behaviour etc. The issues to be discussed are raised through original child-friendly stories and short video clips. These are available for Family Pairs to revisit at home, allowing other family members to participate too.
Up to 10 Family Pairs can attend the six-week programme at a time, and a setting may run as many programmes in a calendar year as they wish.

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Family Pairs participate in mindfulness practice (Calm Me Time) in the Facilitator-led sessions and also at home, which they learn through the Jigsaw Friends, Jonty and Jonty Junior. Jonty is a central character in all of the stories. Every family is given their own Jonty Junior Friend to take home and keep, allowing the learning in the sessions to be carried into the home.
The Programme is supplied with two parallel sets of materials to suit families with children in Early Years and also those with Primary aged children so that settings have the flexibility to run programmes appropriate for either age group, even simultaneously in different rooms.

The Jigsaw Families® Starter Kit

The Jigsaw Families Starter Kit consists of:

  • Training for 3 members of staff to be accredited as Jigsaw Families Facilitators (for one calendar year)
  • 3 Facilitator Manuals
  • Access to the Jigsaw Families website for latest session resources
  • 1x Jigsaw Jonty
  • 1x Set of 10 Jonty Juniors (for Family Pairs to take home)
  • 1x Jigsaw Chime
  • Mentor Support (valid during each whole year of accreditation)

Jigsaw Families® Pricing

How much does it cost for schools/settings?

Jigsaw Families Starter Kit

£ 1800

£1500 to schools using Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE
Jigsaw Families Starter Kit

  • Training for 3 Facilitators
  • 3 Manuals, 1 Jonty, 1 Chime
  • Jonty Juniors for 10 families
  • 12 Months Mentoring
  • includes Accreditation process

Annual Re-accreditation

£ 100

per Facilitator

  • each subsequent year
  • inc. 12 Months Mentoring
  • inc. 12 Months Website Access
  • Training & Accreditation for new Facilitator £175

Extra Jonty Juniors

£ 150

for more families
  • Extra Jonty Juniors for families
  • Set of 10 Jonty Juniors
  • for 10 more families to take part

Additional Manual

£ 75

Facilitator's Manual

  • for new Facilitator
  • or as a replacement manual

All prices are shown exclusive of UK VAT and P&P.  The final price to pay will be calculated during the order process and before you make your purchase.

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Becoming a Jigsaw Families® School/Setting

Buy the Jigsaw Families® Starter Kit and become Accredited to deliver this programme

The Jigsaw Families Starter Kit includes training for three members of staff to become accredited as Jigsaw Families Facilitators.
The accreditation lasts for a whole calendar year and Facilitators are required to renew this annually for quality assurance purposes.
Initial Facilitator training is a one-day course and the annual reaccreditation will usually take the form of a phone call (with your Jigsaw Families Mentor) toward the end of the year with a short return of basic statistical information, e.g. how many families attended.

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Is there funding for the Jigsaw Families® Programme?

There might be via the Awards for All (Big Lottery) Scheme

Potential funding to run the Jigsaw Families Programme via the Awards For All (Big Lottery) Scheme

The UK National Lottery Awards For All (AWA) Scheme offers schools and other educational settings the opportunity to apply for a grant of £300-£10,000 in England and Scotland, or £300-£5000 in Wales.

Awards For All grants can be used to develop and support community-based projects which meet the AWA criteria to:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage

Schools/settings may wish to consider an AWA application to purchase the Jigsaw Families Programme and to cover ongoing costs. To support schools with their application we offer you some additional information and sample paragraphs as a starter for your application. To find out more, click the button below.