“What we like most about using the Nurturing Programme approach with families is that it takes such a relational approach. It’s a joy for our workers to use and the parents get so much out of it right from week one.”
Diane Gray–Stephenson, Senior Parenting Practitioner Early Help Parenting Team, Manchester City Council
We offer training courses in parenting programmes and approaches that allow practitioners to work professionally, confidently, effectively and safely with parents and children to improve their family relationships and emotional health.
We provide programmes suitable for parents of children from 0 -19 years, underpinned by the Nurturing Programme and developing an understanding of behaviour in the context of relationships.
Parent Group Leader training
(10-week Nurturing Programme for Parents)
This 4-day training course equips practitioners with everything needed to deliver the 10-week Nurturing Programme for parents. It focuses on facilitation skills as well as the content of the programme and includes a manual that gives clear and detailed step-by-step guidance for each session.
Welcome to the World
This 2 or 4-day training course provides practitioners with the skills, knowledge and resources needed to deliver the 8-week Welcome to the World programme for parents. The focus is on the emotional health of the parents and baby, and the relationships between them; and emphasises the importance of supportive, positive facilitation from the practitioner.
This 1 or 2-day training course is for practitioners who wish to offer the 4-week Talking Teens programme for parents of teenagers. The groups focus on relationships within the family, communication, negotiating, decision-making and strategies to reduce conflict.
Parenting Puzzle Workshops
This 1-day training course is for practitioners who have already trained as Parent Group Leaders and wish to offer a shorter intervention for parents of children under 5. The course provides the knowledge, skill and resources to deliver the four 2-hour workshops.
Early Years | Primary
Playful Parenting Workshops
This 1-day training course is for practitioners who have already trained as Parent Group Leaders or Welcome to the World Group Leaders. The course provides the knowledge, skills and resources to deliver two 2-hour workshops to parents.
Keeping Your Child in Mind
This 1 or 2-day training course is for practitioners who wish to offer the 4-week Keeping Your Child in Mind programme for parents/carers.
The groups focus on relationships within the family and in particular the influence of parental relationships on children, including when there might be conflict and tension.
This 1-day CPD course is for practitioners who have completed their training to deliver Parent Groups. It provides the opportunity to revisit the fundamental principles of the programme and enhance their parent support skills. Relevant updates and national initiatives will be included.
Working One to One with Parents
This 2-day training course promotes a consistent approach to developing family relationships and positive behaviour management strategies. It prepares staff to work effectively with parents using The Nurturing Programme on a one-to-one basis.
Working with Families with Multiple Challenges
(Previously known as Working with Families with Complex Needs.)
This 1-day training course is for practitioners who have already completed the PGL training or the Working One to One with Parents training. It equips staff to work effectively with families who are experiencing particular challenges and to support them in developing and maintaining a consistent and positive approach.
Parenting, Culture and Religion
This 1-day training is for practitioners working directly with families. It enables them to build successful relationships within a diverse community.
This 1-day CPD course is for those working with parents of teenagers and/ or teenagers themselves. It provides an opportunity to understand teenage brain development and the adolescent developmental process.
Primary | Teenagers
Stress and the Brain in Children and Teenagers
This half-day interactive session is for teachers, family support practitioners, youth workers and others who are interested in understanding more about what children and young people need from adults to help them manage stress.
Working with Muslim Families
This 1-day training will equip practitioners to work effectively with Muslim families. Based on the well-established Parenting Puzzle and Islamic Values programme, the course specifically considers how positive parenting strategies relate to Islamic values and religious teaching.
This half day, experiential course is for professionals who supervise trained Parent Group Leaders who deliver the Nurturing Programme to parents and carers. It is ideal for those who are new to supervision as well as those who would welcome extra ideas and structure to enhance what they are already doing.
Other Specialist Programmes
The Nurturing Programme for Parents in Prison.
Parent Group Leader training with Islamic Values
This specialist 5-day training course equips practitioners to deliver 10-week Nurturing Programme parent groups to all parents in the community. It increases the programme's relevance and meaning for the Muslim community by relating the content to Islamic Values.