Parent classes to start in Peak

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Two mums based at a local charity are promoting a range of varied parenting advice and support available this Autumn as part of a nationwide pilot scheme.

Rachel Harman and Rachel Clark, from High Peak CVS, hope as many people as possible take part in the Government’s CANparent Trial to provide support to parents of children aged five and under.

Parents can access a class by picking up a CANparent voucher from nurseries, schools, GP practices, children’s centres, libraries, and Boots the Chemist.

The trial is a response to research which showed that 75 per cent of new parents felt they needed more support and advice in the first five years of their child’s life.

Rachel Harman said: “In the past, some parents have felt that parent classes are a sign of failure, but that just isn’t the case – we all need help sometimes, and this trial is aiming to make the whole idea of parenting support normal so that people can feel confident to ask for information and advice.

“A few simple tips can make a real difference – no one questions going to an ante-natal class and this should be the same!”

The trial will run until March 2014 and there will be new classes running throughout 2013 in a range of locations and at different times to suit everyone.

All classes running across the High Peak between now and Christmas are all listed on a timetable, which can now be downloaded from http://www.canparent.org.uk/highpeak-classes.html.

There is also a range of fully online programmes which parents can access at home if they prefer.

For more information about the trial call Rachel Harman on 01663 736431.