Communities for Children Facilitating Partners Evidence-based programme profiles
Healthy Young Families
Queen Elizabeth Centre
Playsteps is a parent and child play-based program helping parents to strengthen their relationship and interactions with their child while learning practical parenting skills and building local support networks.
Parents and carers of children aged 0-4.
Family Support Workers, Maternal and Child Health Nurses, professionals working with children and families.
9 week group program where parents are shown videos, given handouts and can participate in discussions about parenting.
Each week covers a different theme:
A 2 day training course is required to deliver the program. To attend, participants must:
For more information about Playsteps and Keys to Caregiving training, see: http://www.qec.org.au/professionals/introduction
|Evaluation and effectiveness|
An evaluation conducted by the Parenting Research Centre in 2007-2010 showed that participation in the program was associated with demonstrated improvements in parenting, resulting in changes in children’s emotional and social competence. Strong results were found for the parental mental health outcome measure.