Parent Champions are parents who have a positive experience of using childcare and/or supporting their child’s early learning, who act as advocates and peer advisers to other parents in their community.
For 2013-15 further funding from the Department for Education is enabling Family and Childcare Trust (new name of the merged Daycare Trust and Family and Parenting Institute) to continue the development of the Parent Champions National Network, and a new partnership with Action for Children to pilot a model specifically for Children's Centres. In 2013/14 this pilot was rolled out in six children's centres, in Kirklees, Oldham, Oxfordshire and Sheffield, and in 2014/15 it is being rolled out to a further six centres, in Bedfordshire, Cumbria, Hampshire, Northumberland and Torbay. This is with a view to having a model that can be rolled out nationally across all Children's Centres.
Read our leaflet for further information about our Parent Champions work.
The role of a Parent Champion is to engage with parents in their community to offer information and initial support to parents. This involves using different outreach techniques to engage parents, including using drop-in information sessions and informal workshops in community locations, children’s activities such as library reading programmes, and visiting local parks, swimming pools and supermarkets.
Parent Champions can:
Projects may have specific target groups such as families eligible for free two-year old childcare places, BME families, language groups, fathers, young parents, parents of disabled children or specific geographical areas. In this case it works well to try and recruit parent volunteers from the target group.
Watch our Parent Champion film below to hear from the Parent Champions themselves.
Find out more about:
Parent Champions National Network
In February 2012 Daycare Trust launched a Parent Champions National Network. Through this we can offer free support tailored to your needs, such as:
For cross-project learning, and to demonstrate our collective impact to the Department of Education, in return we ask for:
If you would like to join our Parent Champions National Network, or talk about how we can support you please complete the enquiry form below, or contact:
Deborah Brodie, Project Manager, Deborah@familyandchildcaretrust.org, 020 7940 7512 (Mon-Thurs) or
Chloe Alexander, Project Officer, Chloe@familyandchildcaretrust.org, 020 7940 7525.
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