What is a parenting class?
Most people become parents with excitement and anticipation, but the pressures of today's world can make parenthood difficult and isolating. Parenting classes provide opportunities to learn and improve skills, often before problems arise, or indeed, before becoming a parent. It also provides a chance to meet and share experiences with other parents and make new friends. If you know of a group of mums and dads who would like to attend a course together, why not contact a CANparent provider to arrange a session?
Who goes on parenting classes?
All parents/carers can attend CANparent classes – mums, dads, step-parents, grandparents, parenting partners or anyone in a parenting role to a child or children. There are a variety of courses available through CANparent: face to face or online, or group or one to one sessions. Some take place over a few weeks, a few months or more, or at your own pace if online. Find information on courses in your area.
What will I learn at a parenting class?
Topics covered on CANparent courses include communication, relationships, learning, parenting styles and help develop skills which help parents and their children get on better and improve the quality of family life. Some courses are designed for specific groups of parents, such as fathers, new parents, same sex partners, and step-parents. Most courses are suitable for all parents going through the normal ups and downs of bringing up a child.
How much will it cost?
Prices vary depending on the course, ranging from free to £130. To use a CANparent voucher to pay for the course, parents must live, work or study* or have a child who attends school or nursery in one of the three trial areas and have a child aged from birth until the end of school year one to be eligible for the voucher.
How can I find a parenting course
Visit the Find a Class page of our website to find a class near you, or search for CANparent online courses. If there are no classes near you at the moment, you can leave your details here and we will be in touch when new classes are available. Alternatively, there a number of other places where information, advice and classes are available:
- Visit the Family Strategic Partner website.
- Search for courses on the Parenting UK website. You can search by location or look for specific terms.
- Contact your local council. It might seem strange, but your council is likely to have contact details of those running courses near you. Give them a call and ask to speak to someone about parenting classes. You may be given another number to call and, while that can be frustrating, it’s worth persisting, as these courses are often free.
- Contact your local Family Information Service (FIS) - Your local Family Information Service provides a range of information on all services available to parents, to help support your children up to their 20th birthday, or 25th birthday if your child has a disability. FIS also hold up-to-date details of local childcare and early years provision in your area. Your FIS is usually located within the local authority/council and has close links with children's centres, Jobcentre Plus, schools, careers advisers, youth clubs and libraries so that they can better support you when you need it. See more here.
- If your child is aged 4 years or under, ask at your local Sure Start children’s centre. If you don’t know where your local centres are, you can put your postcode into the Direct Gov website and find Sure Start centres near you.
- If your child is of school age, ask your school about parenting support. The school secretary or nurse may have information on local parenting classes.
- Ask at your local GP surgery. Health visitors or nurses often run classes, so check the notice boards too.
- Check other notice boards in your area – libraries, community centres and faith centres can all be sources of information on local services such as parenting courses.