Parenting Programmes

Bringing up children is one of the most important responsibilities for individual parents, families and communities.

Parenting ability is not something that is suddenly acquired, but involves continually developing knowledge, skills, understanding and self-awareness.

The Parenting groups have been devised to assist parents through the challenges you may face whilst bringing up your children.

Torfaen host several Parenting Programme’s each term held at various locations. A copy of the latest Schedule of Parenting Programmes is available to download here.

Family Links Nurturing Programme

This is a 10-week course for parents and carers. It builds positive relationships based on 4 key ideas:

  • Self-awareness and self-esteem
  • Appropriate expectations
  • Empathy
  • Positive discipline

This course offers an opportunity to learn some tips for parents as well as the chance to meet other parents. Topics covered include:

  • The power of praise
  • Behaviour to ignore
  • Rewards and penalties
  • Coping with feelings
  • Nurturing ourselves
  • Helping children to grow up
  • Parenting Support Services 

Incredible Years Baby Programme 

This is a relaxed and fun 8-week course designed for parents with a baby 0-6 months. Topics covered include:

  • How to bond with your baby
  • Helping your baby to sleep
  • Weaning
  • Safety
  • When to call a Doctor

The course is delivered using DV clips and group discussions. Your baby with you in the group and every session includes being active with your baby. 

Incredible Years Toddler Programme

This is a fun 10-week course designed for parents with a toddler aged 1-2 years old. Topics covered include:

  • Promoting Toddler’s language
  • Praise and Encouragement
  • Handling Separations and Reunions
  • Effective Limit Settings
  • Positive Discipline

The course is delivered using DVD clips and group discussions. There will be a crèche available for your toddler.

Incredible Years Basic Programme 

The Basic Programme is a 12-week course which promotes the use of praise and incentives to encourage co-operative behaviour together with positive discipline looking at:

  • Setting house rules
  • Routines
  • Effective limit setting which strengthen children’s social skills and emotional regulation
  • The use of time-out strategies

Strengthening Families (10-14)

This is a 7-week programme for families to attend together. Each week there is a parent session, a youth session, and a combined family session. There is also a light snack provided as these are usually held in the early evening. Support is also provided for other children younger than 10 years old.

Topics covered include:

  • Building Family Communication
  • Making House Rules
  • Using Love and limits
  • Handling Peer Pressure

In Torfaen there are a number of groups held as well as childcare to support parents and families - please visit our Family Information Service site for more details of these services - contact the Family Information Service.

Last Modified: 05/12/2018
For more information contact:

Multi-Agency Parenting Co-ordinator

Tel: 01495 766479

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