What are parent champions?

Parent champions are Parents helping other parents find out what parenting help is available in the local area.

Parent Champion volunteers spend a few hours a week meeting with other parents to tell them about early years services in the area.  This includes education and childcare support.

As it’s parents talking to other parents, it’s informal and relatable. Parent Champions are often out and about in the local community, reaching parents in playgrounds, markets, libraries, community events and local play groups.

 

 

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What is the Parent Champions Programme?

The Parent Champions programme, is the program that links up the parent volunteers and other parents in the area. It was developed by the Coram Family and Childcare and since it started out has been especially helpful in supporting families who have special educational needs and disabilities, black and minority ethnic families, and families who are considered “hard to reach”

On average across one year there are 400 amazing parent champions helping out 15,000 families about early years services available to them.

View the leaflet here

Becoming a champion

Coram Family and Childcare will work with you every step of the way to launch your Parent Champions scheme. Some of the ways they’ll help get you started are:

- Having an initial chat to get to know you, your needs and how the programme could work for you

- Meeting with you, your colleagues and relevant stakeholders to discuss your goals and to nominate a Parent Champions Coordinator

- Equiping your Parent Champions Coordinator with the tools they need for recruitment, management and monitoring and evaluation

- Delivering a full day training session, or two half day training sessions, to develop your volunteers into Parent Champions

- Launching your scheme with access to Coram Family and Childcare’s on-going support, resources and plenty of perks as a member of the Parent Champions National Network

 

FInd out more about becoming a parent champion