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Tracey Bywater, Judy Hutchings, Nicole Gridley, Karen Jones and Bridget Roberts. BACKGROUND:
Tracey Bywater, Judy Hutchings, Nicole Gridley, Karen Jones and Bridget Roberts
Parenting programmes are an effective early intervention for the prevention and treatment of conduct problems. However, improvements in behaviour at home, following attendance at parent groups, do not always generalise to environments outside the home. Young children are spending increasing amounts of time in out-of-home care settings, such as nurseries, where little may have been been done to ensure that staff members are trained in effective and proactive child management strategies to support children with challenging behaviour.
Nursery staff in high risk communities, such as Flying Start areas in Wales, have to deal with significant levels of challenging behaviour among children. The managers and staff of two Flying Start nurseries in Caernarfon were keen to add to their skills in managing and supporting high risk children and agreed to participate in a pilot project. Helping such staff to support these children should improve their school readiness. The project involved delivering the Incredible Years toddler programme to nursery staff including the centre managers.
TODDLERPROGRAMME CONTENT:12 sessions covering:
Child directed play promotes positive relationships
Promoting Toddlers language with child-directed coaching
Social and emotional coaching
The art of praise and encouragement
Spontaneous incentives for Toddlers
Handling separations and reunions
Positive discipline - effective limit setting
Positive discipline - handling misbehavior
“Since doing this IY course I
have seen an improvement in Sam.
I think it is because I have learnt
a lot about praise, rewards and just
doing things differently”
“You have fun with the child instead
of just observing and noticing
when the child behaves inappropriately”
“I thought sharing information
with the other girls was very
RECOGNISED LEVEL 2 OCN CREDITATION:
Whilst attending the IY Toddler programme Nursery workers also completed and submitted a portfolio of their work to receive a 3 unit Level 2 Open College Network Accreditation.
“The tutor was excellent!”
The trial demonstrates the benefits of delivering the Toddler Parenting Programme to staff in an out-of-home, nursery, setting. Results demonstrate that child behaviour is situation dependant and that interventions to develop managing challenging child behaviour in their early-years should target both parents and other carers of young high-risk children.
Contact: Tracey Bywater, [email protected] Tel: (01248) 383845
Visit our websites: www.incredibleyearswales.co.uk or http://incredible-years-wales-research.bangor.ac.uk