Benefits of setting up a Parent Champions Scheme
For over a decade, the Parent Champions programme has transformed the lives of families across the country as well as the lives of Parent Champions volunteers.
In 2017, Parent Champions supported nearly 7,000 parents, 57 per cent of who were black, Asian and minority ethnic, 22 per cent had children with special educational needs and disabilities, and 13 per cent lived in rural areas. 2,000 two year olds took up a free childcare place thanks to the help of a Parent Champion.
• Our peer to peer model is well-established and proven to be effective at raising parents’ awareness of the benefits and availability of local services, such as free early education entitlements - parents are more likely to trust other parents
• The model is adaptable can lend itself to a variety of messages and behaviour changes to meet your local needs
• Low cost method of spreading information and increasing take-up of services, particularly to families who are more likely to miss out
• The National Network of 56 Parent Champions schemes provides opportunities to share best practice, get a national profile, gather national parent voice to campaign and lobby for policy change
• High quality resources and accredited training to build volunteers’ skills to help them be successful Parent Champions and improve employability
Parent Champions Croydon are addressing community need through peer to peer support.
Why Parent Champions coordinators from Hillingdon are excited for the Parent Champions conference and awards 2018
When working on the day to day aspects of our Parent Champions scheme, it is easy to forget that we are part of a nationwide network.
Parent volunteers are helping children to get the best start in life.
Improving outcomes for children is at the heart of the work carried out by Parent Champions in Wolverhampton.
Michelle Dyson visited to see how Parent Champions are helping increase take up of free childcare and narrow the attainment gap in their borough.
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.