Investing in play pays off

8 Feb 2024 02:31
Published by: Scott Callan

Award: Members of the team receive recognition of their accreditation work

STOCKPORT’S specialist parenting team has become the first in the country to receive accreditation in a new programme.
The ‘Invest in Play’ award follows an independent assessment from the organisers of the new programme.
It is a 12-session course for parents of children age two to 12 years. It has been developed by an international not-for-profit organisation with a mission to support children and their caregivers around the world.
The course has been shown to build children’s social skills, self-confidence and help them to regulate their emotions, helping parents with compassionate and practical strategies to support their children.
It helps many children including those struggling with low self-esteem, behavioural difficulties, ADHD and Autism.
The specialist Stockport parenting team was the first in the country to run Invest in Play as a pilot scheme between May and July 2023.
The programme is led by director Caroline White, and is supported by the Lego Foundation charity. Caroline personally presented the parenting team members with their award certificates and the models of the ‘six bricks’ logo which represents the scheme.
Nic Firth, chief nurse for Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our parenting team do fantastic work supporting parents and carers in Stockport, and it’s brilliant to see they have also been trailblazers in being the first to deliver the invest in Play programme.
“It’s good to know they will be leading the way to provide an innovative new approach to providing the best in parental support.”
A further Stockport-wide launch to further promote the programme is due later this year.


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