Care for the Family Parenting Courses

Please take a look at the various courses run by Care for the Family, below...


Being a parent is one of life’s greatest joys, but it is also one of its biggest challenges. There’s hardly a mum or dad on the face of the earth who, at times, is not overawed by the task of parenting. That’s why we’ve created Parentalk, a great new parenting course for small groups.

Parentalk is a ready-to-run course for all parents of children aged up to the early teenage years.

In six sessions, Parentalk looks at the topics that affect just about every family. As you go through each session you will have the chance to talk to other parents in your group about the day-to-day challenges that you face, as well as share the things that are going well.Parentalk_photos.jpg


The six sessions are:

  • It’s not just me
  • Love them and let them know
  • It’s good to talk
  • Boundaries and battles
  • Parenting with elastic
  • Creating a sense of belonging

The course is DVD-based and can be used in a ‘plug-and-play’ format. It comes with a Group Leader’s Guide and ten copies of the Parent Notes which gives you everything you will need to run a complete course.

Presented by Rob Parsons and Katharine Hill, and with guest contributions from Diane Louise Jordan, Mark Chester from Who Let the Dad’s Out?, author Sarah Abell, and Paediatrician Dr. Kunle Ayonrinde, the DVD features presenter introduction and conclusions, family interviews, street vox-pops, humorous short dramas, real-life parenting case studies, and presenter discussions

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How often have you noticed that a baby can be happy with a friend or relative while mum is absent for a short time, but as soon as she returns the baby will become tearful and reach out for mum to pick them back up!

It can seem strange to us, but it’s actually all to do with attachment – the emotional bond between a parent and a child. The first two years of a child’s life is when the brain is developing at it’s fastest, and this time is key for developing attachment.

Because we take attachment seriously, we have developed TotSlot.

Totslot is a series of ten minute talks looking at the key principles of bonding and attachment, helping parents explore how to develop a close bond with their children. It is presented using flashcards in an A3 presentation folder and is ideal for running in a local setting such as a baby or toddler group.

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Positive Parenting courses

There's something very special about meeting other mums and dads on one of our courses for parents. The benefits of sharing ideas and experiences with other parents can last a lifetime.

We know that being a parent can be both rewarding and challenging. Our courses are here to support you and to help you build a strong and secure relationship with your child, whatever their age. 

They include group discussions and practical tasks to help you build on your strengths and give you time and space to think about any changes you want to make. A helpful, easy to read handbook is included with each course.

Our courses are run in community venues and are usually made up of six 2-hour sessions, each led by trained and experienced facilitators.

Find out more about each of our parenting courses featured below or email us with your query.

Time Out for Parents?
Be encouraged and increase your confidence as a parent
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The Early Years
Early Years
Negotiate the early years with confidence
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The Primary Years
Primary Years
Help your child through the roller coaster primary years
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The Teenage Years
Teenage Years
Help, advice and encouragement
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Time Out For Dads
If you are a dad, this course is for you!
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Special Needs
Special Needs
For parents of children with special educational needs
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Quidz In - Helping Kids Manage Money
Quidz in
Raising financially confident kids
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How To Drug Proof Your Kids (R)
Time Out For Parents
Steering children away from the harmful use of drugs
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We are committed to supporting mums and dads, and parents with more complex needs may find our courses helpful. However they are not suited for children with complex needs such as conduct disorder.

Our courses have a common sense and user-friendly approach while also being based on relevant research and written in consultation with experts.

If you have a passion to support families, why not train with us to become a licensed facilitator to deliver our popular range of courses to parents in your community? To find out more please visit our training pages.
You can view our map of Care for the Family 'courses near you' 

Raising Faith logo

Raising Faith is a flexible, six-part resource that explores how Christian families can create strong and healthy foundations of faith in their children.

Each session provides the content for a two-hour, stand-alone session and gives parents and carers the opportunity to discuss their own experiences and explore some key parenting principles.
The key themes:                                                    

  • Building faith through everyday life
  • Creating the right environment to nurture faith
  • Making your faith visible
  • Different ways we connect with God
  • Doubts and questions
  • Belonging in the church
We have also written a book - Raising Faith, which is full of stories and encouragement to help us feel enthused and confident to nurture faith in our children. Full colour throughout, it’s packed with bite-sized articles and helpful ideas to try out even in the middle of the busyness of family life.

To find out more about Raising Faith visit the Care for the Family website here

Left to their own devices cour


The 'Left to Their Own Devices' course is a 90-minute session made up of video clips and discussion time which will allow parents to gain an understanding of the online world that our children inhabit. It addresses challenges and provides an opportunity for parents to share their own experiences and ideas while giving them practical tips on how to be a great parent in a world of screens.

If you would like to run this course for your school or in your community, you can download the pack for free by filling out a short form on the Care for the Family website here

Alternatively, you can buy a pack which includes a leader’s guide, sample session notes and a memory stick of the video content, all safely presented in a useful wallet.