Our core 8-week accessible and effective Kids Matter programme for parents of 0-10 year olds, offers parents practical guidance and skills on how to make family life more successful in a safe and inviting community setting.
What does a Kids Matter parenting group look like?
Small groups of 4-8 parents meet within the local community with a lead facilitator and a helper or community link who knows the parents already and has invited them to attend.
Free crèche is provided and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming; set around a table laden with delicious food and coffee.
Our trained facilitators guide the group through the parenting material and also share their own highs and lows of parenting thus creating a safe space to share and learn through discussion and small group activities.
‘I knew that you could talk when you wanted to; it was kind of you were never forced to speak.. it was kind of there’s a subject and then you’d just find yourself wanting to get involved and the parents do as well and it was in a friendly environment so it wasn’t like a classroom’
At the end of the programme, parents report feeling more confident in their parenting, having better relationships with their children and reporting that family life is running more smoothly.
‘I realised I’m so kind to strangers but so rude and abrupt to my children, so my attitude towards how I treat them has completely changed, I’ve been reminded to use kind words’
As the programme is based within the community, ongoing relationships and reinforcing of values learned during the programme, are possible to maintain long after the end of the 6 weeks, thus reducing isolation for many parents.
During the 6 weeks, we cover the following: