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Parenting Young Children (PYC) was developed by the Parenting Research Centre as an education program to help parents with intellectual disability develop skills and confidence in parenting tasks. The skills include basic child care such as feeding, sleeping and safety, and parent–child interactions. PYC is a home-based intensive parent education programme, ideally structured around weekly sessions. Parents are taught to plan stimulating play and learning activities, engaging the child in these activities through positive attention, praise, descriptive statements and modelling. The programme also teaches parents to acquire and maintain skills in childcare, food preparation and handling, meal-time issues, shopping, nutrition, bathing, bedtime and sleeping, personal hygiene, health monitoring, emergency management, safety and living space maintenance. Since each programme is individually tailored based on parent-driven goals, and as all parents have their own individual learning pace, there is no predetermined session length or number of sessions.
Information drawn from Mikaela Starke, Catherine Wade, Maurice A Feldman, and Robyn Mildon. "Parenting with disabilities: Experiences from implementing a parenting support programme in Sweden."
Journal of Intellectual Disabilities,June 2013, vol. 17 no. 2. pp. 145-156
Maximising Income project was developed to support families enrolled in the Home-Start program. Financial hardship is a key factor in the lives of many of the young families that Home-Start supports. The Maximising Income project was set up in response to this and to explore whether some of these families may not be accessing all the welfare benefits and charitable grants available to them. The main tools and services used to support families in the Maximising Income project were an online benefits checker and a grants search. A free, confidential telephone helpline was also used and this provided customised support to undertake benefits checks, grants searches and to provide support for using the online services.
Information drawn from Barrett, Helen, and Elizabeth Young. Working Together to Maximise Income for Families of Young Children: Evaluation Report. September 2011.
The website is addressed to parents with small children.It provides information in particular on: contact details, characteristics and costs of collective and individual childcare arrangements which are situated close to the parents’ home, and on available allowances. In some regions, it is recently possible to submit a request concerning childcare arrangement online.
Mobilizing stakeholders in the childcare and youth sector (Cnaf and the network of Family Allowance Offices (CAF), local authorities, associations, companies, professionals, etc.) around an innovative project is the key success factor.
The organisation of the Family branch structured in a network of family allowance offices (National Family Allowance Office and a network of Family Allowance Offices) makes it possible to implement a national project supported by the local actors such as the CAF in terms of database supply, partner adherence, promotion of the site at the local level...hence, there is a need for local intermediaries to support the development of a national initiative.The creation of a website containing information on a national level makes it possible to realize economies of scale by avoiding separate and non-harmonised action of territorial authorities in this regard.The deployment of the website in various steps has made it possible to enrich the supply of available services resulting in relatively extensive panoply of services offered for families: general information as well as information on availability, cost, and request submission. The territorial organisation of the information in an optimal manner can be a solid basis for early childhood-related public service: the website mon-enfant.fr forms a part of this, by promoting access to information to all families.It means better structuration of service offer as sought by the Cnaf in the field of family policies.
The Fife Cares Home Safety Scheme is a Fife Community Safety Partnership initiative that was launched in 2006. Its goal was to reduce the number of accidents in the home involving children. By visiting individuals and families in their own homes, the service addresses specific needs and provides tailored advice and assistance to families.
The Partnershipʼs Fife Cares Child Safety Scheme offers families with children aged five and under a free home risk assessment. Assessments are undertaken by two Home Safety Advisers who visit families in their homes and conduct a room by room check for hazards. As appropriate safety advice and education is supported through the provision, and sometimes installation, of child safety equipment tailored to a familyʼs individual needs. There is no form filling, no waiting list and all the equipment is fitted free of charge.
Information drawn from Child Safety Europe Good Practice Guide: http://www.childsafetyeurope.org/publications/goodpracticeguide/info/casestudies/scotland-fife-cares.pdf