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Free Parenting Courses

In Lambeth, we offer a variety of parenting courses, these are:

Triple P

The Positive Parenting Programme is an eight week programme including group and phone or drop in sessions which aims to build positive relationships between parents and their children. This programme is offered to parents with children aged 2-12 years old who live in Lambeth or attend a school in Lambeth. This programme originates from Australia and is an evidenced based programme proven to enhance parent’s ability to manage their children’s behaviour. It does this by promoting child development and gives tools and strategies on how to manage misbehavior.

Triple P Stepping Stones
Triple P Stepping Stones is a programme for parents with children who have a disability aged 2-12 years

The Positive Parenting Programme promotes good communication and strong relationships between parents and children, to make parenting easier for you.

Triple P courses will help you to:

  • Encourage your child’s development
  • Manage your children’s behaviour in a useful and caring way
  • Recognise causes of common child behaviour problems
  • Encourage desirable behaviour in your children
  • Increase your self confidence.

Triple P will also help you to:

  • build positive relationships with your child
  • set rules and give instructions your children will follow
  • build upon your skills and techniques for dealing with difficult behaviour
  • praise and encourage behaviour you like

Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities (SFSC)

The SFSC programme is designed for parents or carers with children aged three to eighteen years, and consists of a thirteen-week course covering all aspects of parenting, including:

  • Cultural / spiritual identity
  • Rites of passage
  • Positive discipline
  • Improving relationships and  violence prevention
  • Community involvement.

The SFSC course will:

  • Help you be a better parent
  • Improve your interactions with your children
  • Help your children learn and grow
  • Improve your relationship with your partner or co-parent
  • Improve or enhance your family’s involvement with the community.

The SFSC course will also and will help you to:

  • Change destructive parenting patterns from your childhood
  • Learn how to discipline without physical punishment
  • Understand ways to parent effectively within your ethnic and cultural community
  • Teach your children about their cultural and family values
  • Build close, supportive, guiding relationships with your children
  • Be clear about your feelings, and encourage your children to do the same
  • Give and receive support from other parents in your community.

We also deliver the SFSC course in the following languages to parents

  • Spanish, French and Portuguese.

For parents who require additional literacy support we also deliver the course using pictorial manuals

Families and Schools Together (FAST)

FAST was developed in 1988 by Dr. Lynn McDonald, Professor of Social Work at Middlesex University, London.

FAST enables parents to:

  • better support their children’s education
  • build their support networks with other parents and community members
  • take a more active role in their child’s school
  • play a greater role in their local community

Eight weekly sessions at school for parents and their children are run by trained teams made up of community members, parents and school staff. The sessions take place at a school.

During the sessions, parents and children take part in activities proven to improve children’s achievement and their behaviour both in and out of school. The activities also enhance parents’ relationships with their children.

Since July 2011 FAST has been run at St Peter’s Church of England School, St Augustine’s Primary School and Churchill Gardens Primary School and will be run at 8 further sites in Westminster by July 2014. Both Westminster City Council and Save the Children staff have been trained as facilitators and will continue to train and support communities and teachers to run FAST in their schools.

81 families and over 200 children participated in FAST in Year One of the programme. After Year One, 87.5% of participating parents felt that they were more able to support their child in his/her education following FAST, and there was a statistically significant increase of 8% in the overall academic competence of FAST children. Teachers have reported improvements in children's confidence and behaviour in the classroom and a stronger sense of community in the school, while parents have noticed positive changes in their children such as greater enthusiasm for going to school, more confidence when doing schoolwork, calmer behaviour and new friendships.

We know from research that a child’s achievement at school can be improved when their parents are involved with their learning. FAST helps parents not only to engage with their children’s education but also to build lasting relationships which can benefit the family, the school and the whole community.

Would you like to get involved?

If you are a parent who would like to see FAST run at your children’s school or get involved speak to your child’s teacher about FAST and ask them to get in touch.

If you work in or are connected to a school and would like to run FAST at your school please contact:

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Mellow Parenting

Mellow parenting is a programme of workshops and courses for parents with children under the age of five who would like support with some of the challenges of parenting young children. Courses run over13 weeks (term-time only) and participants meet once a week. To make sure you get the most out of the course, there is a maximum of ten parents in each course group.

Courses are split into three main sections:

Personal Group

You will join a group of parents with whom you can discuss the links between your own experiences in childhood and your experience of being a parent.

Activity and lunch with your child

All parents involved in the group will prepare and eat lunch together with their children. After lunch, parents and children take part in group activities, during which you will be encouraged to play with your child.

Parents’ workshop

In this session, you will watch films of interactions between parents and their children and learn about positive parenting. Tasks will be given to do at home, to practice new activities or skills that you have learned about on the course. During this final group session you will get the opportunity to discuss this ‘homework’, successes from what you’ve learned and you will also be encouraged to try new solutions to your parenting challenges.

If you have any queries please contact the Parenting Coordinator:

Jane Cullinan on 020 7926-8669 or 07852 973 863
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