Celia has developed a network for Community Parent Programmes in England, Wales and Scotland. The support she has developed for Community Parent Programmes has been very much needed. Through Celia’s research work Community Parent Programmes across the UK have had the opportunity to take part in a National Evaluation.

Development of nationally accredited training means that individual programmes can support one another for verification purposes and the role of a Community Parent gets nationally recognised.

Pam Woodwood
Community Parent Coordinator Furness Community Parents

City and Guilds 3599 and 4338 Award in Work with Parents

Parents 1st is a National Accreditation Centre approved to run the City and Guilds 3599 and 4338 award in Work with Parents. These nationally recognised qualifications are 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. 

Several Community Parent Programmes across the country are now running the award by registering their volunteers with 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 Parents 1st Accreditation Centre please contact us to discuss further.