Positive Discipline Course - Attachment Parenting UK

Positive Discipline: Teach With Respect, Invite More Fun

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A guilt-free, perspective-shifting way to love your parenting

A unique online course with a heart-led approach to common parenting challenges (from toddlers to tweens) so you can gain cooperation without threats or rewards and can stay calm and connected during your child’s biggest emotions. Discover your innate wisdom, study whenever it suits you and enjoy on-going peer and coaching support.

  • Parenting style questionnaire
  • Videos, quizzes and reflection questions
  • 30 minute coaching session
  • Graduate Facebook support group
  • Accredited Diploma in Child Positive Discipline
  • Flexible design with 3 YEARS access

Normally £99 – reduced to £59.40 until end of June 2018

What will I learn on the Positive Discipline Course?

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!)

By the end of the second module, you’ll understand the relationship between Belief and Behaviour 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 others and yourself.

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 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 will give you the tools to help understand why tantrums and power struggles happen, and how to manage them in a way that is caring to both the child and yourself.

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.

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.

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’.

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.

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.


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!

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.

Yes, we give everyone 3 years to complete the course – we believe this gives flexibility and time to refer back to the materials again and again!

Yes! In addition to the Facebook group you will also be able to access a free 60 minute coaching session with the APUK in-house coach Michael. For further 1-to-1 support you can contact Michelle on the Positive Discipline helpline.

The entire course is online. You can download and print all of your materials, including your parenting style questionnaire and reflection questions.


You need a computer and internet access, but no special operating system is required. Module 2 features a printable document which requires a printer.

No. Instead, you are presented with ‘Reflection’ questions built into each module to jot down and/or discuss with your partner or friend. There will also be a questionnaire and quiz questions with feedback at the end of each module. Most importantly you can apply your newly acquired knowledge to real life situations as you learn.

At the end of each module, there is a multiple choice quiz based on the video and written content. The aim of each quiz is to support you in understanding the material and we give feedback to all answers to re-direct you if necessary. You are permitted to refer to the module lessons and other notes during the quizzes. We ensure you have an unlimited number of attempts to take the quiz. At the end of the course you will receive your certificate.

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.

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.

Yes. It has been accredited by Attachment Parenting UK – a not-for-profit social enterprise dedicated to supporting parents nationwide. APUK is the UK’s leading provider of Attachment Parenting support.

No – everything is included in the price you pay.



 Set boundaries without threats or fear

Set boundaries without threats or fear