Parents As First Teachers

Early years research into practice

How the approach works -

Based on current research into neuroscience and child development, the programme has four key elements:-

Regular personal visits by a trained project worker who partners with the family to discuss their child’s development, facilitating activities which enhance the child’s language, problem solving, social and physical skills, and encouraging parental reflection

Review of developmental milestones to help parents know what to expect and emphasise at each stage of the child’s development, and to detect and seek early intervention if any problems arise

Resource networking to put families in touch with other support agencies or services

Group meetings which provide opportunities for parents to meet other local parents, to share experiences and to have contact with paediatric specialists with whom they would not otherwise have informal access

It is the parent, not the project worker, who works with his or her child to achieve the full benefits of the programme