Become the confident, relaxed parent your child needs
Would you like to feel calmer, less ‘shouty’, a better communicator and not so easily triggered? Would you like to feel less tripped up by your own anxieties or self-judgement so you can see your child’s needs more clearly?
Imagine all the juiciest, most informative parenting books condensed into 10 online learning modules featuring:
- Videos, Reflection Questions, Quizzes and a Parenting-Style Questionnaire
You can study for as little as 5 minutes a day and it’s great to do the course with your partner or friends.
Many parents do this course before toddlerhood arrives and with lifetime access you can dip in and out when the need arises.
The relationship with your child is priceless – equip yourself to be the parent you want to be.
The impact of our Positive Discipline Course on family life:
of parents/carers feel their relationship with their child has improved
of parents/carers feel more confident dealing with a child's strong emotions
of parents/carers feel less anxious about parenting
The community tells us
The course really helped me reflect on my parenting and make changes that have been highly beneficial to my family and my childminding business.
If only nurseries/childcare qualifications taught this. Years I spent training and there’s more valuable information in these few modules I’ve done than my NVQs.
I’ve learnt a lot more about child development and I understand why my daughter feels frustrated/angry/upset and know how to help her through it.
I would highly recommend the course for all parents regardless of where they are in their parenting journey- you won’t fail to take away something valuable!
What Will I Learn?
Module 1: An introduction to Positive Discipline
The first module encourages you to explore your own perception of ‘discipline’ – what does it mean to you? We will also look at your discipline techniques and how effective you feel they are, as well as defining what Positive Discipline is (and isn’t!)
Module 2: The impact of your discipline style
By the end of the second module, you’ll understand the relationship between Beliefs and Behaviours and complete a quiz to understand how they manifest in your own practice. You’ll also learn about Democratic, Autocratic, Permissive and Uninvolved parenting, enabling you to recognise these in practice both in yourself and others.
Module 3: Childhood brain development
Module 3 explores the left and right hemispheres of the brain and how these vary during a child’s development. You’ll learn how to recognise right and left-brain scenarios and positive tools to deal with them. You’ll also gain an understanding of ‘upstairs’ and ‘downstairs’ brain activity, and how to use this knowledge to increase childrens’ innate well-being, emotional intelligence and common sense.
Module 4: Setting boundaries with confidence
Module 4 explores best-practice for boundaries that are effective and feel safe for the child. You’ll learn to recognise firmness with kindness and without, and explore different scenarios involving threats and consequences.
Module 5: Tantrums & power struggles
Module 5 will give you the tools to help understand why tantrums and power struggles happen, and how to allow your child their experience without feeling it personally.
Module 6: Stress-free sleep times
Understand the phenomenon of the ‘forbidden sleep zone’ and how the homeostatic sleep drive and the circadian alerting system impact on your child’s ability to fall asleep. This module will equip you with proven tools to de-stress night-times for both you and your child.
Module 7: Praise & encouragement
This module takes an in-depth look at the cultures of praise and encouragement, the difference between the two and how they impact on you and your child. You’ll learn the key types of praise and encouragement, and the potential for improving your child’s learning and happiness index.
Module 8: Rewards & punishment
In the 8th module you’ll gain an understanding of the role of rewards and punishment, and examine your own perceptions of the ‘carrot and stick of discipline’ and how you might be using subtle punishments even when you think you’re not.
Module 9: Aggression & manners
At the end of this module, you’ll have a deeper understanding of the psychology behind a child’s impulsive aggressive behaviours, as well as your own reaction to them. Children hitting, biting and kicking can be one of the greatest challenges to a parent or carer – it can also be seen as an opportunity to show your child how to be calm, kind and firm in an emotional situation.
Module 10: Siblings & other children
Learn how comparisons, roles and labels can impact on your child, and how to maintain positive parenting practices when children are arguing with each other.
Q & A
What are the entry requirements for this course?
No pre-requisite, specific background, experience or qualifications are required. There only entry requirements are being at least 16 years of age with a willingness to jump in, pause to reflect, and enjoy!
Who is this course for exactly?
The course is designed for anyone caring for a child including family, childminders, nursery workers, healthcare practitioners, nannies, teachers and teaching assistants. Ofsted-registered childminders and nannies also receive a free listing on the new APUK web-based search directory on completion of the course.
Can the course help with my career?
Absolutely! The course is unique in the UK and shows you have niche skills transferrable to all aspects of work involving children, whether that is childminding, paediatrics, nursery care or in schools. It has been approved as a CPD course for Toddlercalm teachers and also shows your initiative and self-motivation to develop essential communication skills.
Do you send me any materials in the post?
The entire course is online. You can download and print all of your materials, including your parenting style questionnaire and reflection questions.
How much study time is required?
It depends on how quickly you would like to complete your diploma. You can study for as many hours per week as your life allows. The guided learning hours to complete this course: 10 hours.
The community tells us
I am blown away by the shift in my thoughts already. This course should be compulsory for new parents! The understanding I now have and the fantastic explanations are just amazing!
I found the course immensely interesting and enlightening. Not only has it increased my understanding of my children but has also answered many questions about my own childhood.
I really feel this will help my relationship with my 3 yr-old daughter. The course will be vital to us getting through this stage of toddlerhood with her independence and my sanity intact!
Knowing the brain development was particularly useful and something I shared with my partner so that he has an understanding of why our children can’t emotionally regulate during the peak of a tantrum. Ruth