Parenting classes recommended for children

Children should be taught how to be good parents, a report from the Government’s anti-poverty tsar Frank Field says.

Children should be taught how to be good parents, a report from the Government’s anti-poverty tsar Frank Field says.

He calls for children to take parenting classes throughout their school lives and suggests that the Government should publish “life-chance indicators” to measure success in reducing poverty, with the main focus being on the first five years of a child’s life. It says money is better spent on projects targeting under fives than on benefits and that parenting is more important for a child’s future prospects than income. He says the Government should consider putting money into early years education instead of above inflation increases in child tax credits.

The report says: “Later interventions to help poorly performing children can be effective, but, in general, the most effective and cost-effective way to help and support young families is in the earliest years of a child’s life." 
 
Field’s report also calls for private companies to be allowed to bid for Sure Start programmes and for a working class version of Mumsnet.
 





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