TIPS: Tried and tested ideas for parent education and support
By Ginnie Herbert and Rosemary Napper

This photocopiable manual is built on the belief that the best resource people can use is other people and that equality of opportunity is fundamental to parents and children. It stands apart from other parent education resources by stressing the crucial importance of negotiating with parents what they want to include in the time spent learning with you. For people working in youth, social, health, and justice services, as well as voluntary groups and counsellors.

It gives you guidance on:
  • what leading a parenting group involves
  • how learning takes place
  • getting started and putting the word out
  • the first, all-important session
  • negotiating a programme
  • awareness raising
  • skills development
  • dealing with tricky situations
  • checking the effectiveness
  • resources.

  • All the ideas are based on actual experiences of parents and parent educators and are illustrated with pertinent pictures and with what people said about them.

    A4 wiro. 144 pages. 978-1-898924-81-4. Published 2000. £19.95.


    Ginnie Herbert
    has experience as teacher, family centre worker, adult education tutor, community development worker and has recently set up a not-for-profit organisation called Parenting Plus.

    Rosemary Napper is a writer, trainer, counsellor and Professional Development Officer of Oxfordshire Lifelong Learning.

    Both authors are parents.


    "Offers practical help for facilitators in running and setting up parenting groups… not prescriptive about the debates that surround parent education… particularly useful… a valuable reference guide for people with a variety of experiences who can choose to read the sections relevant for them." Community Care.

    "A very accessible, clearly presented guide for people developing their own parenting programme." Adult Learning.