Our Programmes

Parents Plus – Parenting Programmes

“Healthy development in the early years provides the building blocks for educational achievement, economic productivity, responsible citizenship, lifelong health, strong communities, and successful parenting of the next generation”

Center on the Developing Child, Harvard

Lifestart Supporting Parents’ staff are trained to deliver the Parents Plus Programme and we generally focus on the Early Years Programme, we also facilitate other programmes such as Parents Plus Children’s Programme and Parenting When Separated Programme.

Early Years Programme 

The first 5 years of a child’s life are crucial. By supporting families during this early stage you can make a long term positive difference for children. Our Early Years programme is practical, solution-focused and draws on parents’ strengths and is suitable for parents of children aged 1 to 6 years, including young children with additional needs. It is flexible and can be delivered over 6-12 weeks in small groups or with individuals and more recently, online via Zoom for groups or individual sessions. 

How it helps:

  • Help their children develop good attachments and relationships
  • Manage tantrums and misbehaviour
  • Build their children’s language and development
  • Reduce their own stress as parents
  • Help their children to concentrate and learn
  • Increase their children’s self-esteem
  • Establish positive daily routines

Impact of the Early Years Programme 

Studies in preschool, mental health and early intervention settings have shown that families who complete the Parents Plus Early Years programme report:  

  • Increased child positive social behaviour
  • Increased school readiness
  • Reduced emotional problem
  • Decreased parental stress
  • Increased parental confidence

Parenting When Separated Programme

Impact of the Parenting When Separated Programme

In a large study of primary care, mental health and community settings families who completed our Parenting When Separated programme reported: Reduction in inter-parental conflict

Decrease in child behaviour problems

Decrease in parental adjustment problems

Increase in parental satisfaction

Increase in goal attainment for parents and children

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