Group Programme

This programme has been developed for anyone who supports young parents by delivering a group parenting programme. It includes the 8 modules shown below. 

Modules and info

Important Information

About this programme

This programme has been  developed for anyone who supports young parents by delivering a group parenting programme.   

Here we provide you with 8 modules, each covering the topics prescribed by the Youth Service parenting guidelines.

Module 1

Brain Development

Warm, caring and interested parents help to build a brain that's ready for a lifetime of learning and healthy relationships with others.

Module 2

Child development

Children's development follows an orderly and predictable pattern.   What we can realistically expect from children's behaviour is mainly determined by their current stage in their development, and the context in which the behaviour is taking place.

Module 3

The importance of play

Play is special for tamariki.   Not only is it fun, but it's also important for healthy development.   It is their 'work' and their way of learning about the world.   Play is a child's main job.

Module 4

Keeping children safe

Whānau need to adjust their plans to ensure their growing tamaiti remains safe.   A parent's primary role is keeping their child safe.

Module 5

Managing our stress

When things in the outside world cause us to become aroused, our brain perceives a threat or danger.   This activates the survival functions in our brain stem.

Module 6

Reading babies' cues

Even very young babies are able to communicate to let us know what they need and want.   However, we may not immediately understand what they're trying to say.   It's up to us to learn their special language.

Module 7

Thinking about parenting

Parents may need support and encouragement to become the parents they want to be.   When parents make sense of the way they were parented, they're more likely to make 'conscious' parenting decisions for their whānau.

Module 8

Managing behaviour

Early relationships are the key to children's behaviour.   Adults interact with babies to establish a bond.   Bonding is about developing babies' sense of trust.