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Parenting support

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Parenting courses

Parenting support can provide advice and guidance to parents and carers if you're struggling with the behaviour of a child or would like support to address issues around parenting teenagers.

Our courses can help you to find new ways and ideas of how to work with your children, to problem solve, reduce stress and address behavioural problems. You'll be encouraged to build upon your existing skills and learn from other parents and carers, allowing you to see that you're not on your own.

The courses are delivered throughout the year in Rochdale, Heywood and Middleton during term time, with morning, afternoon and evening sessions.​

We run 4 courses depending on the age of your child.

0-4 months old, Incredible Years Baby​ course

Incredible Years Baby is a 10 week course for 2 hours a week. The course is for parents at risk of not bonding with their baby or finding it difficult to settle into a new routine​. The baby attends the course with the parent/carer​.

To discuss this course further please call 0300 303 0430​.

​2-9 years old, Webster Stratton Incredible Years​ course

For ages 2 to their ninth birthday only. ​Webster Stratton Incredible Years is a 14 week course for 2 hours a week. You'll learn strategies around:

  • Tantrums.
  • Fights between siblings.
  • Bedtime problems.
  • Behaviour in public places.
  • Stealing.
  • Lying.​
  • Mealtime problems.​

To discuss this course further please call 0300 303 0430​.

10-14 years old, Strengthening Families course

Strengthening Families is a 6 week course for 3 hours a week. The young person will attend the course with the parent/carer. An authorised absence will be arranged from school. This course is useful for:

  • Relationship difficulties between parents, carers and young people.
  • Behavioural issues.
  • Ant-social behaviour.
  • Concerns about alcohol and drug misuse.
  • School attendance.
  • Encouraging good behaviour.
  • Handling stress and anger.
  • Dealing with peer pressure.
  • Appreciating family members​.

​11-16 years old, Parent Plus​ course

Parents Plus is an 8 week course for 2.5 half hours a week for parents or carers​ of young people aged 11-16 (until end of year 11). The main theme of the programme is getting the right balance between positive discipline and positive parenting. T​​he course covers:

  • Establishing rules.
  • Connecting with your teenager.
  • Communicating rules positively.
  • Encouraging your teenager.
  • Using consequences.
  • Listening to your teenager.
  • ​Having a discipline plan.
  • Empowering teenagers.
  • Dealing with conflict and aggression.
  • Problem solving with young people.

Refer yourself to a course

Complete the referral form (102​kb pdf) to refer yourself to the Strengthening Families or Parent Plus course or call 0300 303 0430 for more information.


0300 303 0430

Phone: Tuesday-Friday 8.30am-4.45pm.

Sure Start Children’s Centres team
Floor 4
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU