Over the past 16 years, we have delivered dynamic, interactive seminars and webinars to thousands of working parents across the UK. We understand the challenges parents/carers face in balancing work and family life and also appreciate that time is very limited. We aim to provide practical, realistic advice in a succinct manner giving parents the skills to make life at home less stressful.
Benefits of Seminars/Webinars/Workshops/Clinics
To the Employer
- More focused, productive, fulfilled and motivated staff, resulting in improved employee retention.
- A valuable opportunity to show genuine concern, interest and empathy with working parents. Sending a clear signal that you take their work-life balance seriously.
- Enhanced image as an ‘Employer of Choice’ and increased employee retention.
- Seminars/webinars held at a time and place convenient to you with minimal encroachment on work time and at negligible expense.
- An opportunity for all employees at whatever stage in their career to network and share experiences with their colleagues. Everyone is on the same level as parents.
To the Employee
- A wealth of practical advice, experience and information from expert teachers and parents.
- Improves work-life balance enabling parents to maximize the time they spend with their children at home and ensure it is ‘quality time’ with less conflict.
- Promotes ongoing informal networking, sharing ideas and support for parents in the workplace.
- Reduces stress and feelings of guilt about time spent away from home.
- Seminars tailor made to meet the needs of busy, bright parents in high-powered and stressful jobs.
We are totally flexible and happy to tailor make sessions to suit your specific needs. Seminars/webinars are typically 60 minutes over lunchtime but they can also be scheduled at any time of day and for more extended periods of 90 or 120 minutes. They are equally applicable to men and women, parents or carers and all members of staff at any level in the organisation. We liaise with the requirements of human resources, diversity teams and family networks to help and advise on which areas to focus according to the specific needs of your employees.
Anyone who is likely to be involved in the education of a child including:
Usually delivered over lunchtime for 60 minutes to groups of 10-100. Includes a structured presentation, comprehensive notes and Q&A. The notes enable working parents to share content with partners or carers at home, ensuring a more consistent approach and ‘united front’. Examples of topics:
Emergent Reading (0-4 years)
Advice on sharing books with young children and preparing them for learning to read at school. This seminar offers practical activities and techniques.
Learning to Read (4-6 years)
Explores how children learn to read and provides extensive guidance on the “do’s” and “don’ts” when listening to your child read. It also covers tips for selecting books and recommended booklists.
Reading to Learn (7-11 years)
Guidance for parents to motivate their children to read and strategies for keeping committed readers hooked on books. It also covers discussing fiction and understanding non-fiction texts.
Writing Matters (5-11 years)
Supporting children with all aspects of writing: handwriting, spelling, grammar and composition. Practical tips and activities.
Numeracy Matters (5-11years)
How parents can provide effective support, using practical activities to develop numeracy skills. It also covers how maths is taught in school as methods have changed considerably.
Homework Matters (school aged children)
Guidance and tips on how to establish solid homework routines and how to get children to do their homework willingly and independently, setting a foundation for good study habits.
School Matters: Nursery/Primary / Secondary
Two separate seminars looking at the options available, factors to consider and key questions to ask when selecting a school. Includes advice on the application procedure and how to prepare your child for the transition to each new stage.
Exam Matters (11-16 years)
Understanding the role that parents can play in supporting their children through exams, offering guidance and practical tips on establishing a revision routine and key revision and exam techniques.
Technology Matters (all ages)
A practical session exploring how parents can help their children manage technology and the risks involved in being online – setting boundaries and protecting your child.
Smart Matters (all ages)
What it means to be ‘smart’ or ‘clever’. What can parents do to support their children’s learning whilst building confidence, motivation and independence so that children are well placed to become ‘smart’.
What kind of father do you want to be? Differences in the relationship between fathers and sons versus fathers and daughters. Finally it covers some core parenting skills that really enable dads to get the best out of their relationship with their children.
Toddlers can be great fun and incredibly loving. They can also be absolutely exhausting and unpredictable. This session explores what is going on in a toddler’s mind and how parents can communicate effectively with them. Tod
The teenage years can be a challenging time for many parents. How parents can communicate effectively with teens to really stay connected, have a close relationship and at the same time make boundaries work.
Tips on talking to children to encourage them to be more motivated and co-operative. Building a positive bond between parent and child to encourage good behaviour and boost a child’s self esteem.
Building a child’s emotional intelligence. Guidance on how to listen with more empathy and understanding so that children can express their feelings and deal with emotions more constructively, enriching communication and the relationship between parent and child.
Practical skills to encourage more good feeling between children, knowledge on when to intervene and how to teach children to resolve conflict with siblings or peers.
All parents want the best for their children and want to know how to enable them to fulfil their full potential. Practical steps to prepare children for success so that they are more likely to get things right and become their best selves.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
Preparing our children to be tolerant of others and happy and at home in our world is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give. This seminar will give parents the skills to help their children not only understand, but respect and enjoy the many cultures and experiences our world has to offer.
Special Needs Matter
3 different seminars to support parents/carers of children with ‘Special Needs’. What are the common signs? Practical ways to help children be more successful at school and at home. Advocating for you child and coping mechanisms.
Single Parents Matter
Exploring common hurdles faced by single parents and how to overcome them.
Blended Families Matter
Strategies and realistic steps to make the blending families process one of compassion and bonding that will build a new family unit.
Guidance on raising children that are accepting of all families and people. Exploring how lGBTQ+ parents can raise children that are confident when faced with ignorance and how parents can help lGBTQ+ children to be resilient and accepting of themselves.
Provides parents with the skills and resources they need to help their children not only understand, but respect and enjoy the many cultures and experiences our world has to offer.
Unconscious Gender Bias Matters
Exploring how to bring up children in a more empowering, gender-neutral environment, helping parents to avoid unconsciously imposing or reinforcing gender stereotypes on their children.
Tailor made seminars/webinars
Tailor made seminars/webinars can be developed on any education or parenting related topic to suit the specific requirements of your employees.
This provides working parents with the opportunity to have one-to-one confidential time with an ‘expert’ to address any issues or concerns about their child. Parents submit their questions in advance and have 25-30 minute slots either onsite or over the phone. This offering is extremely popular and slots are usually filled within a few hours.
Examples of typical topics include:
Increasing confidence and self-esteem Choosing a school
Dealing with bullying Homework battles
Organisational skills Time management
Helping my child with reading Managing sibling rivalry
Homework battles Work/life balance
Improving the morning/bedtime routine Coping with whining
Teaching study skills Manners and respect
Assessing my child’s ability Learning difficulties
Non co-operation Screen time
Improving my child’s attitude My child hates writing
Aggressive behaviour Friendships