We understand that parents/carers may sometimes want or need some extra help or information to better equip them to deal with parenting issues. We offer a range of free courses to help you and raise yours and your child's confidence and self-esteem.

What our programmes offer

  • Help families to talk to each other, to avoid conflicts and the problems with relationships
  • Understanding children's feelings and reactions
  • Improved communication with your children
  • Friendly, well-organised, weekly discussion group
  • Chance to meet new people
  • Often free créche facilities (check with group leader)

A variety of free parenting courses are offered at different locations across the county at times to suit you. 

Details of our parenting courses are also advertised on Cambridgeshire.net our community information website.

Parents and carers of children with autism can find information on the parenting programmes such as Social Communication, Interaction and Learning skills programme (SCILS) and Early Bird Plus in the Family Information Directory.

Booking your place

Places on parenting courses and créche provision are often limited. If you would like to attend one, or if you are not sure which is the right course for you, please contact the course facilitator (details on the Parenting Courses Year Planner), or your local school or Children’s Centre.

Details of Parenting Courses

Raising Toddlers

For parents of children aged 0 - 5. Six weekly sessions of 1.5 hours each.

This course offers parents a chance to meet other parents, share experiences, learn from each other and have qualified staff on hand to offer advice on all aspects of parenting an active toddler.

  • How your child learns by playing
  • How your child learns to speak
  • How your child learns about friendships and emotions
  • How your child learns how to behave
  • How your child's personality and confidence grows

Incredible Years Early Years

Parents of children aged up to six. 12 to 14 weeks of two hour sessions.

The Incredible Years programme aims to increase positive and nurturing parenting and improved parent-child relationships. It will provide you with the tools you need to help your child develop emotionally and support you with your effective discipline strategies. Incredible Years will support your child in these areas:

  • Physical development - milestones
  • Speech and language - communication, play
  • Emotional and social development - attachments, coping with stress, social behavioural development
  • Identity, self-esteem

Incredible Years 6+

For parents of children aged six and over. 10 to 14 weeks of two hour sessions.

The Incredible Years school age programme is designed for parents once their children are attending school and gaining more independence. Its aim is to strengthen parenting skills giving them the tools required for more effective positive parenting. It is particularly effective for children who may have a conduct disorder. The Incredible Years 6+ course will support your child in these areas:

  • Emotional and social development - attachments, coping with stress, social learning theory, cognitive theory
  • Behavioural development
  • Identity, self-esteem
  • Family and social relationships
  • Self care and independence

Stepping Stones

Suitable for parents and carers of children aged between two and 12 years old who have special educational needs. There are six weeks of 2.5 hours sessions with three weeks of 30 minute phone calls.

Stepping Stones is a parenting course for parents or care-givers who have behavioural concerns about their child with special educational needs:

  • Improved relationships between the young person and their families
  • Manage problem behaviour and developmental issues common in children with additional needs
  • Learn new skills to encourage the behaviour you want
  • Teach your child new skills
  • Planning for the future

Raising children

For parents of children up to 12. Ten weeks of two hour sessions.

Raising Children is suitable for all parents from those who just want to learn more about their child's development to the parent who needs a bit more support in understanding their child's behaviour.

  • Emotional and social development - attachments, coping with stress, social learning theory, cognitive theory
  • Behavioural development
  • Identity, self-esteem
  • Speech and language

Sibling rivalry

For parents of children aged up to 16. Three weeks of two hour sessions.

Sibling Rivalry is for parents who are experiencing issues with siblings in the family. The aim of the course is to explore the underlying reasons behind why siblings fight and to share some effective strategies for handling sibling rivalry.

  • Behavioural development
  • Family and social relationships
  • Emotional and social development

Raising teens

For parents of children aged ten and over. Ten weeks of two hour sessions.

Raising Teens is a course aimed at parents of teenagers. It will help you to understand why your teen behaves as they do and how you can deal with their emotions and yours. It will also give you effective strategies which work with teen:

  • Emotional and social development
  • Behavioural development
  • Identity and social development
  • Self care skills and independence
  • Problem solving
  • Anger management


For parents of children aged ten and over. Six weeks of two hour sessions (some home visits).

The ESCAPE programme promotes a problem-solving approach in helping parents establish a positive relationship with their teenagers. It was developed to support parents of older children (10+). It explores areas of young people's behaviour which parents may find difficult to address:

  • Improves relationships between young people and their families
  • Improves attendance at school
  • Improves behaviour at home and at school
  • Reduces offending behaviour
  • Children become more considerate of other people's feelings
  • Reduces tantrums / hot tempers 

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