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

You can find information on courses in your local area on the Barnardos and ParentsPlus websites.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, also provide free parenting courses in Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath.

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 also 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 (independent recognition that the course meets defined requirements and standards). Most courses have their accreditation details on their websites.

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: 20 November 2018
Next review due: 20 November 2021