The Parent Centre is endorsed by the World Childhood Foundation and Department of Social Development.
We offer various training programmes to teach parenting skills and also provide training for people wanting to become programme or workshop facilitators.
PACES (Parent and Community Empowerment and Support) contributes towards widening the safety net for children.
This programme consists of workshops, talks, training, support groups and counselling:
- Parenting Skills Courses
- Parenting & Leadership Skills Facilitator’s Course
- Mentoring and Support
- Community Education & Awareness
- Support Groups [add link]
- Fatherhood Project [add link]
Parent Infant Programme
1. Parent Infant Home Visiting Project
Parent Infant Home Visiting Project provides information and support to pregnant women during and after birth to encourage positive parent and infant attachment.
We want to establish a supportive relationship with “at risk” mothers and provide a “safety net” during the critical time before and after birth to help them establish a positive attachment to their baby.
The Home Visiting Project is implemented in communities where children are highly at risk of neglect. These communities are characterised by unemployment; poverty; violence; family fragmentation; substance abuse; increasing rates of HIV/AIDS.
What does it involve?
- 5 ante-natal and 15 post-natal home visits to pregnant women who are at high risk for ante-natal, post-natal depression, child neglect, abuse and abandonment.
- Early parenting talks at Maternity and Obstetric Units (MOU)
Where do we work?
- Khayelitsha (Town 2, Makaza, Nkanini and Kuyasa)
- Nyanga (Rooms and Informal Settlement)
- Gugulethu (Barcelona, Europe, Vukuzenzele and a little of front section of KTC)
- Phillipi (Woodbay, Squatter area, Brownsfarm, Sweethome, School Site and Siyahlala)
- Hanover Park
- Mitchell’s Plain
- Imizamo Yethu
2. Zero–Five Counselling
The first 1000 days of a baby’s life shapes their future. Zero–Five years (First 1000 Days) Counselling is a specialised counselling service for all parents with their infants and toddlers.
What is the First 1000 Days?
The period from conception until a child’s 2nd birthday offers a unique window of opportunity to shape healthier and more prosperous futures.
- Counselling helps parents understand the difficulties they experience in raising their infant or toddler, and also to explore alternative ways of managing the problem and to promote knowledge and awareness of infant mental health.
- The service is for any parent, family member or caregiver with an infant or toddler who:
- Finds their baby unusually quiet or uninterested in them
- Feels their baby is too fussy or difficult to comfort
- Is concerned about how active their child is
- Feels burdened by the demands of parenthood
- Has a baby with developmental problems that places special emotional stress on the parents or caregivers
- Experiences ongoing depression or anxiety after the birth of the infant
Teen Parenting Programme
The Parent Center’s Parenting Skills and Support Programme is aimed at teenage parents and caregivers.
This programme equips teenagers with parenting skills which enables them to be more effective, responsible, nurturing mothers and fathers.
We acknowledge that the teen pregnancy rate in South Africa is unacceptably high and we do not condone teenage pregnancy. We also believe that meeting the emotional needs of the teenagers, together with their sustained effective parenting of their children, will result in a reduction of teenage pregnancy in the next generation.
What does it involve?
This programme is run in schools for learners and “out of school” in community venues for teenagers that may have been forced to drop out of school due to parenting responsibilities.
Participants voluntarily commit to attending 20 weekly group sessions. The skills are taught in an interactive way that encourages participation and sharing of experiences.
The Positive Parenting component includes sessions on:
- Understanding children’s behaviour
- Listening and responding to children’s feelings
- Building self-esteem
- Positive discipline
The Life Skills component – particularly pertinent for developing responsibility in teenage parents and caregivers – deals with specific challenges such as:
- Managing money
- Love relationships
- Loss and grief
Where do we work?
General counselling is aimed at engaging the parent into a partnership where information is shared and the parent’s own problem-solving ability is facilitated.
All parents, caregivers, foster parents, adoptive parents and grandparents are welcome. All counsellors are qualified and very experienced.
What do we focus on?
- How do I help my child cope with our divorce?
- What do I do about the constant arguing and fighting between my children?
- My child is not motivated at school
- My teenager is rude and disrespectful
- My child is very aggressive
- My child is being bullied at school
- How do I discipline my children effectively?
- My child has low self-esteem
Where do we offer counselling?
- Wynberg Office
- Mitchells Plain
Contact us to find out more.