In 2012, Chestnut Lane School’s Rosie Philips and local mum, Helen Swords, championed a bid for National Lottery funding to re-launch ‘Parents as First Teachers’ in Amersham. Three years on and the team is providing a valued support service to local parents with one to one visits and monthly free Group Connections for any parent with children from 0-5 years. Now with the help of local volunteers www.parenting-together.co.uk is launched.
The website informs, supports and encourages local parents as the first influencers of their children. It offers details of the free parenting events run at Chestnut Lane School and is becoming a parenting library on a wide range of topics such as sleep, diet and behaviour.
The website takes an unusual approach in inviting both local experts and parents to share their experiences and tips.
Parents as First Teachers (PAFT) is a community based parenting support programme hosted in Amersham by Chestnut Lane School. The programme is designed to enhance child development and school and life success – and it works! Parent’s comments are enthusiastic. ‘’My Parent Educator gave me good advice on concerns I had with my children.’’ ‘’The Group Connections are relevant and interesting and I could relate to them all.’’ ‘’My Parent Educator has helped me interact more with my children.’’
Parents as First Teachers UK have been operating in the UK since 1991, when the first project was established at Kings Wood School, High Wycombe. The programme is based on the fundamental truths that parents are the first and most influential teachers of their children, and that the early years of a child’s life are critical for optimal development and so provide the foundation for success in school and in life.