Bringing Up Great Kids in the First 1000 days
Bringing Up Great Kids in the First 1000 days
Due to the evolving context with COVID-19 we are postponing the Bringing Up Great Kids in the First 1000 Days workshops until further notice to ensure the health and well-being of all participants.
The first 1000 days has been identified as beginning at conception and continuing until the child is two years old. Starting from conception, the foetus is actively responding to changes in the environment, using cues provided by the mother’s physical and mental state to ‘predict’ the kind of world they will be born into and altering their bodily structures accordingly.
Research has identified that a positive start for all involved in the first 1000 days has significant consequences across the lifespan of the child.
The parenting style experienced in the first 1000 days is critical to the way a child can experience attachment and has an impact on the health and wellbeing outcomes for the child in later life. Research on the importance of the first 1000 days identifies a warm, responsive, mindful, reflective and supportive parenting style as providing the best outcome of children’s overall development while the children are young and impacts positively on their later life skills and health.
This one day workshop will train professionals to deliver the ‘Bringing Up Great Kids in the First 1000 Days’ Parenting Program.
The Bringing Up Great Kids in the First 1000 Days' Parenting Program has been adapted from the evidence-based parenting program ‘Bringing Up Great Kids’ developed by the Australian Childhood Foundation. ‘Bringing Up Great Kids’ in the First 1000 Days’ is underpinned by a philosophy of promoting and supporting respectful, caring and nurturing relationships between parents and their children. Parents are encouraged to become more reflective and mindful in their parenting approach.
The program support parents to:
- learn more about the development of their children in the first 1000 days and its influence on their thoughts, feelings and behaviour;
- understand the meaning of infants and children’s behaviour in the first 1000 days;
- identify and evaluate the source of their parenting approach and philosophy;
- develop an increased understanding about the ‘messages’ that they communicate to their children through their behaviours, acts and attitudes;
- increase their ability to understand and acknowledge the impact of these messages on their baby/child;
- discover how to overcome some of the obstacles getting in the way of them being the kind of parents they would like to be; and,
- discover ways for parents to take care of themselves and to find support when they need it.
For participants who have completed the Bringing Up Great Kids in the First 1000 days we have a webinar series that will extend your knowledge. To register for the webinar series and to find out more information please click here
More information about Bringing Up Great Kids in the First 1000 Days
Bringing Up Great Kids in the First 1000 Days emphasises the importance of living in a nurturing and safe environment. It provides parents with knowledge about brain development and an understanding of how children grow and what they need, the centrality of family relationships and an opportunity for parents to reflect on their own childhood and how to connect to their children. It seeks to build parent confidence and promotes help seeking behaviour.
The program has been developed into an easy to use facilitator’s package for use by professionals working with parents or supporting any other adults involved in parenting children in the first 1000 days of life. The program recognises that a variety of adults can be involved in parenting children.
The program is written as five chapters that can be flexibly delivered over ten hours in a format that best meets the needs of the parents. Each chapter has been divided into four sections:
- Set up - contains all the information the facilitator needs to prepare for the session
- Introductory and Connecting activities
- Pre and Post Birth activities
- Mindful/Reflective activities and Self-care
Bringing Up Great Kids in the First 1000 Days in the First 1000 Days materials and resources will support parents to:
- Develop an understanding of the importance of the first thousand days and the needs of babies and young children during this period;
- Learn more about brain development both during pregnancy and after in the context of the growth and development of children;
- Understand the origins of parenting styles and recognising the importance of a positive start in the first thousand days;
- Identify the importance of giving positive nurturing messages to babies and young children and how to achieve this;
- Discover how to overcome some of the obstacles getting in the way of being the kind of parents they would like to be; and,
- Explore ways for parents to take care of themselves and to find support when they need it.
The program focusses on building positive relationships and interactions between parents and their unborn babies as well as parents and their infants and young children. It works from a child-centred perspective and aims to resource parents to:
- Identify and evaluate the source of their parenting approach and philosophy;
- Understand their child’s developing needs in early life and how to meet these;
- Develop an increased understanding about their values, beliefs and attitudes and the ‘messages’ that they communicate to their child;
- Increase their ability to understand and acknowledge the impact of these messages on their child;
- Develop skills in identifying and managing their stress associated with parenting and develop wellbeing and self-care practices; and,
- To seek further professional assistance about their parenting if required.
On completion of this program, participants will be able to:
- Understand the impact of the first 1000 days on environments and experiences in the earliest stages of development and the impact of adverse experiences.
- Understand the principles of reflective and mindful parenting.
- Identify the key phases of the ‘Bringing Up Great Kids in the First 1000 Days’ Parenting Program.
- Understand how to set up program criteria.
- Be able to effectively implement the program and its activities.
- Know how to evaluate the program and its outcomes.