Who are Parent Champions?

Parent Champions help their fellow parents find out about what early years support is available in the local area.

Parent Champion volunteers spend a few hours a week meeting with other parents to tell them about services in the area, including education and childcare support.

As it’s parents talking to their peers, it’s informal and relatable. Parent Champions are often out and about in the local community, reaching mums and dads in playgrounds, markets, libraries, community events and local play groups.

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What is the Parent Champions Programme?

The Parent Champions programme links up the parent volunteers and other parents in the area. It was developed by Coram Family and Childcare and since it started out it has been especially helpful in supporting families who have special educational needs and disabilities, black and minority ethnic families, and other families who are considered “hard to reach”

On average, across one year there are 400 amazing Parent Champions helping 15,000 families learn about local early years services available to them.

View the leaflet here

Becoming a champion

Coram Family and Childcare will work with you every step of the way to launch your Parent Champions scheme. Some of the ways they’ll help get you started are:

- Having an initial chat to get to know you, your needs and how the programme could work for you

- Meeting with you, your colleagues and relevant stakeholders to discuss your goals and to nominate a Parent Champions Coordinator

- Equipping your Parent Champions Coordinator with the tools they need for recruitment, management and monitoring and evaluation

- Delivering a full-day training session, or two half-day training sessions, to develop your volunteers into Parent Champions

- Launching your scheme with access to Coram Family and Childcare’s on-going support, resources and plenty of perks as a member of the Parent Champions National Network

 

Find out more about becoming a parent champion