Parents As First Teachers

Parents as First Teachers offers a successful, research and evidence-based parenting programme

At Parents as First Teachers we recognise that:

Parents are a child’s first and most influential teachers

Our vision at Parents as First Teachers is that:

All children will learn, grow and develop to realise their full potential

For 25 years we have been training professionals to work on a one to one basis with parents and their children, pre-birth to 5 years, using the Parents as Teachers programme delivered in the home or other appropriate setting.

A key feature of  Parents as First Teachers  is that it is the parent, not the project worker, who works with his or her child to achieve the benefits of the programme.

Our mission at Parents as First Teachers is to:

Provide parents with the information, support and encouragement needed to help their child develop optimally during the crucial early years of life

The Early Intervention Foundation's Guidebook (March 2017) lists Parents as First Teachers as one of 11 programmes for the under-3s which have been successfully implemented in the UK to encourage positive development and tackle a range of problems, including child abuse and neglect, substance abuse and mental health problems

In January 2012, the National Academy for Parenting Research concluded that Parents as First Teachers is ideally suited for delivery through Surestart Children’s Centres as part of their package of home-visiting support for at risk families.

Parents as First Teachers UK is an international affiliate of Parents as Teachers which was established in the USA in the 1980s.  Parents as Teachers has other international affiliates in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China and Germany.

Parents as First Teachers UK supports the 1001 critical days strategy manifesto 'Building Great Britons' and is a member of the Parenting Programme Developers' Group, a working group of Parenting UK.