Parenting Programmes

Doncaster Parenting Programmes aim to support parents and carers in developing knowledge, confidence and skills that will help build a strong family life and keep children and young people safe, happy and successful.

Parents are the most influential factor in a child and young person’s life. All children from time to time can test the limits; it’s an inevitable part of growing up.  It is not always easy for parents; ‘Kids don’t come with an instruction manual!’ Most parents will welcome support and advice at these times. 

Our vision in Doncaster is to offer families quality evidence based parenting programmes which support families in their roles as parents.

In Doncaster we offer the following parenting programmes: 

Free Online Solihull Approach Programme

Doncaster Council and other partners have commissioned a new online parenting programme for all parents, carers and grandparents in Doncaster.

The programme is completely free and can be completed on any computer or mobile device with internet access. The programme can be accessed at any time, day or night, to fit around a your busy life.

There are three courses for you to choose from and you can complete all three or just the one that is most appropriate for you. Find out more about the courses below.


Visit the Solihull Approach Programme using your Doncaster postcode and access code STGEORGE to gain this free support and advice. 

Antenatal Parenting Classes

Free 5 week Antenatal classes for all pregnant women and their partner or supporter living in Doncaster

  • Helping you and your baby through pregnancy, the stages of labour and birth
  • Get to know your baby in the womb
  • Advice on feeding your baby
  • Meet other parents to be and share experiences
  • Health advice and support
How do I access the programme?
Contact Doncaster Health Visitors on 01302 566766

Group Triple P (0-12 years)

Triple P, Positive Parenting Programme, is an 8 week course. Triple P suggests simple routines and small changes which can make a big difference to your family.
The group is aimed at parents of children aged 0-12.

In Triple P, the focus is on developing positive attitudes, skills and behaviours, which can help to prevent problems arising.

You will learn about: 

  • Effective parenting strategies. 
  • How to promote your child’s development. 
  • How to manage common child behaviour difficulties.

How do I access the programme?
You can access a parenting programme by asking your support worker to request on your behalf or through Doncaster’s Early Help Hub by completing the online form or via telephone 01302 734110. 

If you are a professional working with a family please contact the Parenting Team to enquire on how to refer - PPT@doncaster.gcsx.gov.uk

For more information about the Triple P programme please the website using the following link. 

Teen Triple P (12+ years)

Group Teen Triple P is a parenting intervention delivered over eight weeks for parents of teenagers who are interested in learning a variety of parenting skills. 

Parents may be interested in promoting their teenagers development and potential or they may have concerns about their teenager’s behavior that they want to change. 

Parents will participate in a range of exercises to learn about the causes of adolescent behaviour problems, setting specific goals, and using strategies to promote a teenager’s skills development, managing inappropriate behaviour and teaching emotional self-regulation. Parents learn how to plan around risk-taking behaviour or risky situations.

How do I access the programme?
You can access a parenting programme by asking your support worker to request on your behalf or through Doncaster’s Early Help Hub by completing the online form or via telephone 01302 734110.

If you are a professional working with a family please contact the Parenting Team to enquire on how to refer - PPT@doncaster.gcsx.gov.uk

For more information about the Triple P programme please visit the website using the following link.

Incredible Years (2-12 years)

Incredible Years Programme is a 16 week course which looks at how parents can encourage their child’s social skills and increase positive behaviour. The group is aimed at parents of children ages 2-12 years.

You will learn about:

  • How to play with your child.
  • Effective praise and use of rewards.
  • Establishing routines and rules.
  • How to manage behaviour.
  • Teaching children to problem solve.

How do I access the programme?
You can access a parenting programme by asking your support worker to request on your behalf or through Doncaster’s Early Help Hub by completing the online form or via telephone 01302 734110.

If you are a professional working with a family please contact the Parenting Team to enquire on how to refer - PPT@doncaster.gcsx.gov.uk

For more information about the Incredible Years programme please visit the website using the following link.

Solihull - Understanding Your Child's Behaviour (0-18 years)

Solihull Parenting is a 10 week group which looks at building relationships between you and your child.

This group is aimed at parents of children aged 0-18 years

We will explore issues such as:

  • Parenting Styles
  • Developmental needs
  • Temper tantrums
  • Communication
  • Sleep
  • Having fun together
  • Behaviour difficulties

How do I access the programme?
You can access a parenting programme by asking your support worker to request on your behalf or through Doncaster’s Early Help Hub by completing the online form or via telephone 01302 734110.

If you are a professional working with a family please contact the Parenting Team to enquire on how to refer - PPT@doncaster.gcsx.gov.uk

For more information about the Solihull programme please visit the website using the following link. 

Solihull Approach Workshop (young children, toddlers & babies)

The Solihull Approach Workshop (2 hours) gives you chance to learn about:
  • Baby's Brain Development
  • All about the first few years of a childs life
  • Parenting skills and new ideas
  • Talking and interacting with your child

How do I access the programme?
You can access a Solihull Approach Workshop by contacting your local Family Hub.  

Solihull Approach Workshop (adolescents)

The Solihull Approach Workshop (2 hours) gives you chance to learn about:
  • Teenage Brain Development
  • Teenagers and risk taking
  • Tips for supporting your teenager
  • Teenagers and sleep

How do I access the programme?
You can access a Solihull Approach Workshop by contacting your local Family Hub

Online Solihull Approach

In Doncaster we have a Solihull Approach antenatal online course ‘Understanding pregnancy, labour, birth and your baby’, an online postnatal course ‘Understanding your baby’ and a course for parents of children aged 6 months to 19 years ‘Understanding your child’.

The online course for parents ‘Understanding your child’ was the first to be awarded the CANparent Quality Mark by the Government. It is available in several languages.

We have converted the material in our face to face groups into online courses, parents / carers can work through the online modules at their leisure from any device.

This has several advantages:

  • when a mother or father is attending a group but their partner is unable to attend, their partner can access the same material online
  • it increases accessibility for parents in remote areas
  • it increases accessibility for men, who traditionally tend not to attend groups
  • it provides an alternative for parents who do not want to attend a group
  • it increases accessibility for grandparents or other carers who may not get a place on a group
  • it has the potential to be used imaginitively to increase population access to evidence based material that has been shown to impact positively on the parent/child relationship with all the advantages that that will bring across the lifespan
  • it can be used as part of an early intervention or prevention strategy
  • ‘Understanding your child’ course for parents also available in Urdu
Families in Doncaster can access this course free online at www.inourplace.co.uk with the code: STGEORGE 
Last updated: 10 October 2019 12:01:34