Parents As First Teachers

The Parents as Teachers programme has been the subject of several national and international evaluations

In the UK, the programme has been evaluated by, amongst others, The Early Intervention Foundation, Graham Allen MP, and the National Academy for Parenting Research



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.


The Graham Allen Report on Early Intervention identified Parents As Teachers as one of the evidence-based programmes which can reliably improve the lives of children and families.

January 2011


National Academy for Parenting Research concluded that Parents As First Teachers is ideally suited for delivery through Sure Start Children’s Centres as part of their package of home-visiting support for at-risk families.

  • The team was particularly impressed by the programme’s strengths-based focus, which emphasised the importance of developing warm and enjoyable parent-child interactions and relationship.
  • The team were impressed with the detailed programme content and the systematic delivery programme.
  • The parent-child activities are an excellent way to demonstrate important techniques and to encourage appropriate parent-child interaction.
  • Books and reading are central to the programme.

January 2012

"PAFT promotes mothers and fathers change at a strongly significant level in four domains: knowledge, confidence, ability, and action

Dr. Corinne Huntington, University of Surrey : Summer 2011