Parenting courses

We are now able to offer parenting courses online!

**Parentalk The Primary Years starts online Tuesday 1st September at 8.15pm. Contact us now!**

Sarah and Michelle are both licensed facilitators for Care for the Family’s Positive Parenting courses.  This means we are able to offer a range of courses to suit the needs of most parents and carers.  We can deliver the following courses – click on the links for more information;


Alongside these courses we have also been running Parentalk courses for the last two years in local schools. The courses are designed by national charity, Care for The Family. Each course runs for 6 weeks, 2 hours per session, and covers common issues that most parents experience.

The course is DVD and discussion based so you don’t need to worry about there being any writing or reading to complete. The courses seek to give parents and carers greater confidence in their ability to parent. We all learn together through talking and sharing with one another. We hope by the end of the course you will have made a friend or two as well!



The Primary Years course

A DVD-based course for parents of children aged 4 to 11 years. Providing common sense, jargon-free information and ideas to help you to engage with your children and boost your relationship. It is all about helping Mums and Dads do the best job they can at bringing up their children. Over 6 sessions you’ll increase your skills and confidence as a parent and discover practical tools to make your relationship with your child even better.

Click on the sessions below to see a taster video.

The session are:

Session 1: It’s not just me

Session 2: Love them and let them know

Session 3: It’s good to talk

Session 4: Boundaries and battles

Session 5: Parenting with elastic

Session 6: Creating a sense of belonging

The course is free, there will be plenty of discussion and no writing or homework!


The Teenage Years Course

A DVD-based course for parents of pre-teens and teenagers. The teenage years are a time of transition and can be challenging for both teenagers and parents. The course aims to help Mums and Dads do the best job they can as they navigate these years. It’s a relaxed, informal course giving you the opportunity to talk about the day-to-day challenges you face, as well as sharing the things that are going well.

Click on the links below to see a taster video of each session:

Session 1: Understanding your teenager

Session 2: Staying connected

Session 3: Identity

Session 4: Communication and conflict

Session 5: Big pressures….good choices

Session 6: Letting go

The course is free, there will be plenty of discussion and no writing or homework!

If you are interested in attending one of these courses please complete the referral form below.  Email the completed form to Michelle Jones, Senior Family Coordinator, or post it to The Orwell Centre, 114 Fore Hamlet, Ipswich, IP3 8AF.


Referral form for parenting courses


Care for the Family is a national Christian charity which supports all aspects of family life. They have several free resources available on their website that you may find helpful, below are links to their free podcasts.



Discussions about common issues that occur during the primary years. 



Tackling some of the hot topics that affect teenagers today. 




Supporting you to strengthen your marriage. 



Helping parents who want to share their faith with their children.