Positive Parents

Man and child laughing together

Positive Parents are free parenting classes to help families live happily together. You can find out about the courses on offer and how to get involved.


Being a parent or carer can be hard work at times.

Most families face challenging behaviour from their children at some point and knowing where to turn to for help and support can be difficult.

We offer free parenting classes to help families develop their parenting skills and pick up useful tips.

Who are these classes for?

Parents and carers of children aged between two and 13 years who want help with everyday parenting skills or families that have children with challenging behaviour.

Courses are aimed at parents/carers of children in two age ranges:

  • two to eight years (a 14 week course)
  • eight to 13 years (a 12 week course)

What will the classes include?

Classes will look at issues like play, praise and rewards,limit setting and handling general misbehaviour.

Common problems covered in skills and advice sessions will include dealing with:

  • temper tantrums
  • fighting
  • swearing

Courses for parents and carers of children aged eight to 13 years will also look at how parents/carers can support their child's education and deal with specific behaviour problems.

Parents and carers attending sessions will have the chance to give feedback about how they have put into practice what they have learned and how successful it has been.

Two group leaders will run each class for up to 12 parents.

The leaders come from local services including ourselves, NHS, and Barnardos - who have received specialist 'Incredible Years' training.

When and where will courses be held?

Please contact your local children's centre or multi agency team for further information on forthcoming Positive Parent courses within your area.

Any other enquires please email: positive.parents@derbyshire.gov.uk

What about childcare?

Free crèche facilities will usually be provided for young children.

These will be run by experienced staff who will provide structured play activities for your children.

Help with transport costs can also be provided in some cases.

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