How it works
Based on evidence that word-of-mouth is parents’ most important source of information on childcare, Parent Champions reach the families in your community who miss out on vital information about how to access childcare and other early years services. Being parents themselves, they are able to share their own positive experiences of your services in a relatable, trusted and informal way.
Most schemes run with six to eight volunteers, who typically spend around five hours a week meeting parents. We will work with you every step of the way to launch your Parent Champions scheme:
More about our training packages
Parent Champions for Community Connections focusses on reducing isolation and loneliness among parents of children under 5.
Parent Champions for Home Learning support parents to find out more about the benefits of home learning, how they can learn at home with their child and how to engage with local services that can support them.
Parent Champions for the two-year-old free childcare offer supports parents eligible for free childcare to find out about, engage with and access this service to improve outcomes for themselves and their children.
Parent Champions for SEND focus on what specialist support is available locally and nationally, understand the barriers families often face in accessing services, and are able to offer practical solutions.
Parent Champions for Resilient Families focuses on supporting families less likely to access early education and local services due to complex and multiple needs.
Benefits for volunteers
- Builds volunteers’ confidence and transferable skills
- Creates a pathway to training and employment
- Provides opportunities for volunteers to give back to their communities
Find out how you can volunteer here.
Benefits for families
- Raises parents’ awareness of early years education, childcare and local family services, improving their children’s outcomes
- Increases access to free early education for two, three and four year olds
- Brings families into children’s centres and other community settings
- Allows families to be involved in the development of local services
- Works to support minority groups and their engagement with services
Benefits for early years professionals
All schools, children’s centres and childcare settings know that valuing and working with parents improves outcomes for children. Parent Champions schemes can bridge the gap between you and your wider community.
- Encourages take up of your childcare services, particularly free early education for two, three and four year olds
- Engages with your local communities, particularly isolated or ‘hard to reach’ parents
- Helps you understand and better meet the needs of your service’s parents
- Encourages parents to participate in parent evenings, support meetings and the development of your services
- Boost children’s educational attainment by encouraging learning in the home
- Increases the uptake of additional services you may offer, such as after school clubs or ESOL classes