Parents As First Teachers

Aims & Achievements of the Programme

Parents as First Teachers aims to:-

  • Increase children’s school readiness and school success
  • Increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve parenting practice
  • Provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues
  • Prevent child abuse and neglect

… and does it do it ? …

  • In USA (where the scheme originated and is widely operated) the programme has been independently evaluated and the results have consistently indicated that the scheme benefits parents, children, schools and the wider community
  • Children are significantly more advanced in language, problem solving and social skills and are therefore more prepared for the start of school
  • Children score more highly in early school tests in maths and literacy
  • Children with learning difficulties are identified earlier
  • Parents have greater self esteem and confidence in their relationship with their child
  • Parents have a more positive attitude towards their child’s schooling
  • There is a reduction in the likelihood of child abuse and neglect

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