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Parenting Programmes

Parenting Programmes  - please note our usual face to face group programmes have been suspended during Covid19.  As an alternative we have developed a virtual online offer which you can take a look at below.

Parenting programmes provide support, advice and guidance to parents and carers living in the Rochdale Borough. They are a great way of helping parents and carers understand the different behavioural and developmental stages of your baby/child/teenager. They are also a great way to meet others parents and carers with whom you can share ideas.  

All our programmes are delivered by experienced, trained practitioners who understand the joys and challenges of bringing up children. Our programmes can help you to find new ways and ideas for how you can work with your children, to problem solve, reduce stress and address any concerns you may have. You'll be encouraged to build upon your existing skills and learn from other parents and carers. Our programmes are intended to be educational and fun.

Programmes are delivered throughout the year in Rochdale, Heywood, Middleton and the Pennines throughout the year with morning, afternoon and evening sessions available.

Early Years Early Help Service – Virtual Parenting Programmes – from April 2020

There are a 6 programmes currently available for families to access, in the interim, whilst group programmes are postponed and until restrictions have been lifted in line with government guidance. They are currently delivered via Zoom video or telephone.

The 6 parenting programmes available are:

• The Baby Programme 0-12 months

• The Toddler Programme 1-3 years

• The Primary Programme 3-9 years

• The Adolescent Programme 10+ years

• The School Readiness Programme 3-5 years

• The Child to Parent Violence and Abuse Programme 10+ years

Please complete this referral form - Parenting Programme April 2020 Referral Form and return to

Incredible Years Baby course (0-4 months old)

This is a 10 week course for 2 hours a week. It is for parents at risk of not bonding with their baby or finding it difficult to settle into a new routine. The baby attends the course with the parent/carer.

Sessions are now delivered virtually.

Webster Stratton Incredible Years course (2-9 years old)

For parents with children aged over two and to their ninth birthday only. This course is a 14 week course for 2 hours a week, you will learn strategies around:

  • Tantrums
  • Fights between siblings
  • Bedtime problems
  • Behaviour in public places
  • Stealing
  • Lying
  • Mealtime problems

Sessions are now delivered virtually.

Strengthening Families course (10-14 years old)

Both parent and child attend this course. This is a 6 weeks course for three hours a week.

  • Course focuses on Appreciating family members, communication within the family environment
  • Young person needs to be aged over 10 and have not turned 14 by the end of the course.

To refer into this course please complete the Strengthening Families referral form below:

Strengthening Families Referral form (548KB)

Parent Plus Adolescent Parenting Programme (11-16 years old)

The Parents Plus Adolescent Programme is a practical and positive programme on parenting adolescents (aged 11 to 16)

  • Course focuses on effective communication, problem solving and building positive relationships. Parents Plus is an eight week programme for 2 hours a week.

For more information and programme dates please contact: 01706 924691 or email:


Who to contact

0300 303 0430
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