Parents of young children at 68 early years settings across the North of England have been taught techniques aimed at improving their child’s well-being.
And a newly published evaluation of the SHINE-backed Triple P project has found that it led to a reduction in problem behaviours and an improvement in children’s language ability.
SHINE has partnered with the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Department for Education to evaluate a number of programmes that support parents to help improve their children’s learning and development before they start school.
The Triple P project is the first of these programmes to be completed.
It involved staff in early years settings being trained and accredited by Triple P UK to deliver the Positive Parenting Program® to parents of 3-4-year-olds.
Across eight weeks, participating families attended small group sessions in which they took part in a range of exercises to help them learn about the causes of child behaviour problems, setting specific goals, and using strategies to promote child development manage misbehaviour, and plan for high-risk situations.
The parents were taught 17 different strategies for improving their child’s social, emotional, and behavioural well-being.
Following the group sessions, parents received three individual telephone consultations of between 15 and 30 minutes to assist parents with independent problem solving while they practised the skills at home.
An evaluation of the project, undertaken by RAND, was unfortunately unable to collect the planned assessments of the impact on children’s language development due to Covid-related disruption. It focussed instead on the perceived impacts of the programme on children’s language and behaviour.