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Parenting Programmes


Parenting programmes are courses/groups that support you with some of the challenges of being a parent. Parents tell us that they learn a great deal from each other and enjoy the support that a group provides. We offer a selection of free courses, whatever the age or needs of your child.

Please select an age for a list of relevant parenting programmes.

Parent/carer of child aged 9 months to 5 years

Parent/carer of child aged 6 to 11 years

Parent/carer of child aged 11+ years

What courses are available to me?

Bump to BabyThis three-week course at your local Family Hub provides parents-to-be with all the information and skills they need to feel confident about making the right choices for their new baby.

Topics include:

  • Having a healthy baby
  • Preparation for parenthood, birth and beyond
  • Communicating with your bump and baby
  • Changes in relationships
  • Getting your baby off to the best possible start
  • How babies grow and develop

Incredible YearsThe Incredible Years is an established and proven course that will equip parents/carers with the knowledge and skills to support their children's social, emotional and academic development as well as offering strategies to cope with difficult behaviour. The sessions are facilitated by experienced family support workers in an informal setting. or their children's development. 

Topics covered can include:

  • Praise and rewards
  • Play
  • Positive parenting
  • Difficult behaviour
  • Promoting self-esteem
  • Developing routines

Behaviours that ChallengeDo you find your child's behaviour difficult to manage? Would some friendly support and advice be helpful? If you would like to be able to talk in confidence and meet other parents experiencing similar challenges, then do come along. Your child does not need to have a diagnosis or statement for you to attend this group.


Passionate about ADHDNeed some friendly advice but don't know who to ask? We are offering a course for parents/carers and families with children who may have been experiencing difficulties in managing their concentration, energy levels and/or challenging behaviour, the course will run over 6 sessions. Sessions will include:

  • Increased understanding
  • How ADHD affects the individual
  • Practical suggestions to try at home
  • Support and advice
  • Includes rewards, routines and rules that work and much more!

Passionate about the Spectrum (ASD)Need some friendly advice? Not sure who to ask?

Passionate about the Spectrum (ASD) covers:

  • Increased understanding
  • How ASD affects the individual
  • Practical suggestions to try at home
  • Support and Advice

Includes rewards, routines and rules that work and much much more!


Living with ParentsThe Living with Parents workshop has been designed as an informal and interactive session that parents/carers can do together with their teenager.

The workshop aims to:

  • Improve communication
  • Improve relationships
  • Reduce conflict in the home

Take 3Take 3 is an evidence-based course in two parts for parents of young people aged between 10 and 18. It was originally developed to support parents of at-risk or vulnerable young people whose challenging behaviour was causing problems for parents and/or the community, though it can be used with any group of parents. Part one is a basic course of 10 “core” units, and part 2 has 10 optional sessions focusing on specific issues. The “Three” of the title refers to the three vital elements of effective parenting:

  • Nurture
  • Structure
  • Self Care

It also refers to breathing techniques that the course teaches to help a parent stay calm in stressful situations.

Bookings & contact details

To book a place please complete the booking form and return it to the Early Help Hub.

To enquire about a parenting programme contact your local Parenting and Adult Learning/Education Lead (contact details below). 

Julie Attwell-Cook, County Parenting Advisor: julie.attwell@cornwall.gov.uk 01736 336909  /  07837311505

  • West  -  Myra Whitney: Covers Penwith (Penzance St Ives and Hayle) and Kerrier  (Camborne, Pool, Redruth, Helston and Lizard) Myra.Whitney@cornwall.gov.uk  07800610601
  • Mid  -  Jo Rowe: Covers Carrick (Falmouth, Penryn, Truro, Roseland, St Agnes and Perranporth) and Restormel (St Austell, China Clay, Newquay, Fowey and Lostwithiel) jo.rowe@cornwall.gov.uk 07891 689119

  • East  -  Benn Clarke: Covers North Cornwall (Bodmin, Wadebridge, Padstow, Camelford, Bude and Launceston)and Caradon (Liskeard, Looe, Saltash and Torpoint and Callington) benn.clarke@cornwall.gov.uk 01752 847419
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