I am one of the Co-ordinators of Community Mums (Scotland). Our organisation is the first Community Mothers Project in Scotland. Through Celia Suppiah’s support and guidance, we have been able to establish a pilot project in our area. Celia has encouraged and supported us and allowed our organisation to fully benefit from their well-established and developed materials, training packages and expertise. Celia has also arranged for our organisation to attend workshops and events which have been invaluable in assisting us in furthering our programme.

Pauline Johnston
Community Mums (Scotland)

City and Guilds accreditation centre services

Parents 1st is a National Accreditation Centre approved to run the City and Guilds 3599 Award in Work with Parents. This nationally recognised qualification is based on the National Occupational Standards for Work with Parents and offers excellent career opportunities. All those working with parents in the public, voluntary and private sectors are expected to meet these standards. The ‘units’ and ‘credits’ are on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). For more information about the QCF click here.

Several Community Parent Programmes across the country are now running the award by registering their volunteers with the Parents 1st Accreditation Centre. This enables them to demonstrate to commissioners that their volunteers have gained the essential knowledge and skills to support parents effectively.

As the award is a vocational qualification Parents 1st have developed learning assessment processes that relate specifically to the Community Parent training package and peer support role. There are no exams and evidence of achievement is collected in the natural volunteer setting.  Alongside regular group training and tutor support, an A1 assessor works with each volunteer to help them to plan how they will show they have met the standards. We use a flexible and enabling approach using a variety of assessment methods to suit individual needs e.g. direct observation, witness testimonies, written assignments, case studies, work products and professional discussion. Each volunteer presents their evidence of learning in their own learning portfolio.

There are various City and Guilds quality assurance requirements that local programmes need to meet. If you are interested in running this award through the Parents 1st Accreditation Centre please contact us to discuss further.