Parenting courses

You could take a parenting course if you want to:

  • improve your relationship and communication with your child
  • build your child's confidence
  • find ways to handle any behaviour issues or difficulties your child may have

How to find a parenting course

Barnardos has a national database of parenting courses. Search for courses in your local area.

Your GP or public health nurse can also refer you to a parenting course.

Alternatives to courses

Your local library may have a section on parenting. There are many books, DVDs, podcasts and websites that can give you parenting tips.

How to choose a parenting course

Check that the course and teaching staff are accredited. Most courses have their accreditation details on their websites.

Accreditation means that the course has been independently recognised that it meets the correct requirements and standards

What you can expect

Parenting courses are generally designed to be relevant for the age of your child.

Courses can be delivered as single sessions, or they may meet once a week for a number of weeks.

Page last reviewed: 29 June 2022
Next review due: 29 June 2025