Parents and carers care for, love and understand their children: we help our children to develop the practical and emotional skills they need at different ages and stages. We’re the most important people in their lives.  But we often learn how to parent as we go along, facing the stresses and strains of parenting without any training and often without much experience!   Increasingly, there are opportunities for us to learn about child development and about our role as parents.  You can ask your school or local authority what is available in your area to support your parenting.

It is really important for children and young people to know that the adults in their lives are interested in how and what they are doing.   They may need help and advice, and they definitely need encouragement as they learn and then use new skills.  Parents and families can show their interest and support in a wide range of ways.

For some families, this means volunteering at school or being in the Parent Teacher Association or Parent Council. For others, it means spending time at home, helping children with advice and encouragement, or helping them to find new ways of building their knowledge. There is no right or wrong way, and things will change depending on the age and stage of your child. What works for a five year old won’t be right when they are 15!

At Connect we are committed to helping parental involvement to be the best it can be, for the sake of children and young people. We have looked at the research on what works best, and we use the work of Dr Joyce Epstein of the National Network of Partnership Schools to help parents, teachers and others in education to work together in the possible best ways.  Please read the Success Stories below for ideas and inspiration. 

Tips for schools, teachers and parent groups to support parenting

Early years centres and schools can help and support parents with their parenting by providing information on children's development and learning.  They can suggest ways in which parents can get involved with their child's learning. 

For example, schools, teachers and parent groups can 

  • share information with parents on parenting for each age and stage through workshops, messages on social media, text messages, on the school website
  • organise courses, training or information on child/teenage development, how children learn, how to talk to your child about sexual health and relationships, internet safety
  • host courses and training or sharing  information on housing, health, nutrition, clothing, safety
  • create opportunities for parents to share information about their family culture, background, and  their child’s talents and needs.


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Success Stories

Bereavement Support Initiative - Meldrum Primary, Aberdeenshire

A parent group looks to the wider community for advice on bereavement

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Parents talk to children about their learning - St Nicholas Primary School, Broxburn

Parents are kept up-to-date with their children's learning by schools

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Outdoors and numeracy - Friockheim Primary School, Angus

Friockheim PS uses outdoor activities to support numeracy

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Improving food choices - St Francis Primary School, Glasgow

Healthy eating is promoted through cookery classes for parents and children

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Parent Council Facebook Page - Middleton Park Primary Parent Council, Aberdeen

Setting up a Facebook page helps with communications

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Parent Council Facebook Page - Giffnock Primary School Parent Council, East Renfrewshire

A Facebook Page helps a Parent Council to share information with parents

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School Grounds and Gardening Club - Dunbar Primary School Parent Council, East Lothian

Partnership-working has produced great results for Dunbar Primary School

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Cultivating a Culture of Reading: Dinner and a Book

An American high school project helps young people to enjoy reading at home

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A Winter Reading Night to Encourage a Love of Reading

An American primary school hosts a family event with the support of community businesses and social enterprises

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Charity Shop - Webster's High School Parent Council, Angus

Webster's High School Parent Council ran a charity shop to raise funds

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Parent Council Chair Support Group - Angus

Connect works with local Parent Councils and Angus Council to establish a group for Parent Council chairs

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