Schools and children’s centres know that what happens at home has an enormous impact on children’s ability to thrive. Parent Gym’s free 6 week programme helps parents to develop the skills to provide a nurturing family environment. This enables their children to make the most of all the learning opportunities which school offers
Happy home lives means children are ready to learn
Children who get enough sleep, eat well and are confident and secure arrive at school ready to learn. Parent Gym programmes provide parents with a range of skills to help family life run smoothly. Ideas for morning routines to help children arrive at school on time and supporting parents to help their children learn are just some of the areas where schools and children’s centres can see a very direct connection with their agenda.
Building a Parent Community
Many parents have told us that a key benefit of attending Parent Gym is the formation of a parent community, which comes from meeting and befriending other parents during the 6 week course. The final Parent Gym workshop equips parents with the skills to continue running their own support group ,which can even become the foundation for the first Parent Teacher Association. Many schools and children’s centres use the feedback reports from Parent Gym programmes to show Ofsted how they meet the criteria they are inspected against.
Coming to Parent Gym was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The content of the course was spot on. As a parent there are always things to learn or be reminded of, and to me that is exactly what Parent Gym is about- it gave me the tools to make life easier. Now when I want to implement a rule or find an activity to do with him I consult my Parent Gym Magazines. To all parents who are thinking of joining please do as it's very rewarding. I cannot believe I completed the course with an 11 week old baby in tow- that's how comfortable and inclusive Parent Gym was. And now, even though the course is finished, the group still meets. Thank you all for putting together such a wonderful programme.
Parent Gym will work help you ensure the programme
is a success in your school or children's centre.
All our coaches are creative, confident and sensitive parents and can welcome even the most reluctant parents with a warm smile. They even send the parents in their care text message reminders the day before each session. When parents come they receive a free full colour magazine packed with practical tips.
Your centre support pack will include everything you can do to get parents to sign up and keep coming. This includes full colour flyers, posters, ideas for incentives and tips from other centres. You can also call us directly at any time for practical advice.
We give certificates to all parents who complete the course in the final session, and encourage parents to keep meeting. Coaches provide a guide on how they could structure this with some tips to keep them going. If you can keep the space free after the programme for them to keep meeting, that would be great. Parent Gyms have run everywhere from classrooms and canteens to sports field viewing spaces. Tea and biscuits are always welcoming so we encourage you to offer this if you can.