An evaluation of the Northamptonshire Baby Room Project© parents’ course – impact on parents

Richer, Suzanne Elise (2012). An evaluation of the Northamptonshire Baby Room Project© parents’ course – impact on parents. University of Birmingham. Ap.Ed.&ChildPsy.D.

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Previous research indicates that early childhood experiences, such as responsive parenting and the home learning environment, influence child outcomes including emotional, social and cognitive development. Recent government policy calls for support for parents to enable them to improve outcomes for their children. In particular, support for parents during pregnancy and in the first five years of children’s lives has been recommended, in order to maximise the positive impact on children’s development, based on evidence of increased neural plasticity during the first three years. Few established parenting programmes focus on families with children under five years of age. The Northamptonshire Baby Room Project© Parents’ Course is a Local Authority course designed and run by Educational Psychologists for parents of babies under twelve months. It aims to provide information and evidence from research on how babies’ brains develop in the first year and how early experiences can impact on later development, whilst giving parents ideas and resources to improve the home learning environment. This evaluation investigates the impact the course has on parenting self-efficacy, the impact on parents’ knowledge of baby brain development, and any impact on parents’ practice following course completion. The roles of Children’s Centres and the community also discussed.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ap.Ed.&ChildPsy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ap.Ed.&ChildPsy.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
School or Department: School of Education
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education


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