“Parenting classes aren’t just for struggling families” says the Minister for Children and Families
Posted by: Sue Atkins
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Here’s the article from BBC News
“Free parenting classes are to be trialled for all parents with children under the age of six in three areas of England, children’s minister Sarah Teather has said.
They are intended for parents even if they are not struggling with raising children, she said.
In the trial, about 50,000 parents will be offered vouchers for the classes.
They will start in mid-2012 in Middlesbrough; High Peak, Derbyshire; and Camden, London.
Ms Teather said she wanted to get rid of the stigma over asking for help.
“Parenting classes aren’t just for struggling families,” she said.
“All parents should know it’s OK to ask for extra support and guidance when they need it – just as they do when they attend ante-natal classes before their child is born.”
‘Firm and fair’
The classes, provided by parenting experts, are likely to cover areas such as communication and listening skills, managing conflict and “strengthening positive relationships in the family”, as well as the importance of parents working as a team.
There will also be a stress on discipline, with “firm, fair and consistent approaches” encouraged and the importance of “boundaries” being set out for children.
And there will be advice on appropriate play for children’s age and development.
The trial will run for two years, with its impact tracked, the department said. It is hoped the results will lead a greater number of parents to seek help and advice themselves.
The government says it is still working on the details but it is likely that the vouchers will be distributed through various routes. It was unknown if health visitors, GP staff or nursery workers would be involved.
Ms Teather added that there was overwhelming evidence that a child’s development in the first five years’ of their life is the single biggest factor influencing their future life chances, health and education attainment.
“Armed with all this evidence, it is the government’s moral and social duty to make sure we support all parents at this critical time.
“Parenting has to be one of the toughest jobs and it doesn’t come with a rule book.”
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