Parents at Springfield Primary School in Sunbury have been finding themselves being the
ones with homework to do after the school launched a 10-week Parenting Programme for the parents and carers of pupils.
In just its first few weeks, the Parenting Puzzle course has already had 11 people sign up to take part in a course of talks and social activities to help people master the often challenging task of parenting, share ideas and pick up tips in an informal, social environment.
The course is being run by the school’s Family Support Worker Carol Sewell, and she said the way there had been such a strong response so quickly showed what a valuable role the classes were playing.
“This is such a good idea, so it’s wonderful to see so many people wanting to come forward and be part of it,” she explained. “It’s all done in a very friendly, informal way, with socialising playing a big part, and that makes it a very effective way of communicating and picking up new ideas from one another about the job they’re doing as parents and carers, and ways to do it even more effectively and successfully. It’s very easy to feel on your
own and isolated when you’ve got young children to deal with, so these classes provide a great forum for people to come together and learn from one another, as well as from us, and to go away feeling more informed and confident – and also feeling that they’ve had a good time.”
Anyone interested in joining the course, which is free of charge, can obtain more information from the school office.
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