Communities for Children Facilitating Partners Evidence-based programme profiles

Parent-Child Mother Goose (P-CMG)

Name

Parent-Child Mother Goose (P-CMG)

Target audience

Parents
Infants (0-2 years)
Early childhood (3-5 years)

CfC Objective

Supporting Families and Parents

Organisation

Parent Child Mother Goose Australia Inc

Delivery Setting

Community-based

Description

A group programme for parents/carers and their babies/young children. P-CMG supports the development of secure parent-child attachment, promotes children’s speech development and enhances families community inclusion through the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs, and stories together.

Delivered to

Parents and carers with children aged 0-5 years

Delivered by

Trained facilitators

Program Structure

P-CMG consists of an infant programme (children aged 0-2) and toddler programme (children aged 2-5). While the structure is the same for both programmes, sessions vary according to the different developmental needs of toddlers and infants.

The P-CMG programme consists of 10 x 1.5 – 2 hour weekly sessions, and requires two facilitators to run the programme. While adaptations can be made to suit particular user groups and settings (contact the programme developer), the following elements are essential to delivering the infant and toddler programme:

  • A group format in which parents/caregivers take part together with their infants and/or young children. Teaching is directed towards adults and children participate as is appropriate to their stage of development and inclination. Activities are focused on interactive rhymes, stories, and songs, all presented orally and through the air (as in Auslan/Keyword Sign).
  • Storytelling is an integral part of the programme with stories chosen and told for the enjoyment of the adults and young children.
  • Emphasis within the rhymes, stories and songs is placed on the interaction between the parent and child, without the distractions of recorded music, musical instruments, props or modern technologies of any kind.
  • The pace is slow and relaxed with plenty of time for repetition of material and discussion of issues and questions that arise.
Training

Level One: Facilitators are required to attend a 2-day training workshop where they will be provided with the materials, methods and principles necessary to run the programme.

Level Two Accreditation: Accreditation is given to facilitators who complete a self-evaluation every ten weeks while facilitating a 30-week programme.

Cost
  • Level One Training: $410 per participant in Melbourne and Regional Victoria.
  • Additional travel-related fees will apply to training delivered outside of Victoria. For more information, contact Parent-Child Mother Goose.
Contact

Email: office@parentchildmothergooseaustralia.org.au
Website: www.parentchildmothergooseaustralia.org.au

Evaluation and effectiveness

Several evaluations of the programme have been conducted that showed positive outcomes for participants. A Canadian evaluation of the programme (with a control group) found that mothers in the intervention group had higher levels of parenting efficacy and were more likely to judge their children as being secure (Scharfe, 2011). Results were most significant for the intervention group over time (6-month follow up).

In addition, results from an Australian evaluation (Terrett et al., 2013) that included a comparison group found that children in the intervention improved more in their language abilities, and parents had a reduction in perception of child demandingness.

Scharfe, E. (2011). Benefits of mother goose: influence of a community-based programme on parent-child attachment relationships in typical families. Child Welfare Journal, 90(5), 9-26.

Terrett, G., White, R., & Spreckley, M. (2013). A preliminary evaluation of the Parent–Child Mother Goose Program in relation to children’s language and parenting stress. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 11(1), 16-26.