All of the work we do at the Family and Childcare Trust focuses on making sure parents have the support they need to make genuine choices about their lives.
We can all be doing more to raise awareness about the needs of families with disabled children.
Providing a rich home learning environment for children can be a challenge. Play can be an effective (and fun) solution.
So what is the Queen’s garden party and how did our volunteers get invited?
With Volunteers Week just around the corner, we spoke with some of our new Parent Champions about their experiences.
Having childcare places available is not enough if parents don't know about it. That's where Parent Champions come in.
Resources and tools
Members of the Parent Champions National Network get free access to the latest resources and tools developed by the Family and Childcare Trust.
You must be logged in with your Parent Champions scheme's user account to access these. Learn more about setting up a Parent Champions scheme.
Setting up your scheme
Setting up your Parent Champions scheme flyer
A flyer about the benefits of setting up a local Parent Champions scheme.
Parent Champions toolkit
The Parent Champions toolkit is currently under review and being updated. In the meantime, these pages from the previous toolkit will give you important information about how to set up and run a Parent Champions scheme in your area.
Download Planning your scheme guidance
Download Project plan example
Download Recruiting and training Parent Champions
Download Recruitment forms and information
Download Safety in volunteering
Initiating your scheme
A certificate to personalise and give to Parent Champions volunteers upon completion of the Parent Champions volunteer training.
Volunteer start form
A data monitoring form to help track the progress of Parent Champions as they start volunteering.
Delivering your scheme
Individual outreach form
A data collection form for Parent Champions to use when speaking to parents individually.
Group outreach form
A data collection form for Parent Champions to use when speaking to parents in a group setting.
Event sign up sheet
Parent Champions can use this sheet at events to collect details of parents who request further information.
Volunteer journal template
A sample journal entry for coordinators to use when tracking the progress of their volunteers.
Volunteer follow up form
A data monitoring form to help track the progress of Parent Champions as they finish volunteering.
Sustaining your scheme
Monthly monitoring report template
An excel spreadsheet for coordinators to use to record the data collected by Parent Champions on a monthly basis. This helps to complete the quarterly surveys.