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New support measures for parents

Friday, May 18 2012

A father with his children

New services to give mums and dads the support they need were launched today by David Cameron.

The care and attention a child receives when young will affect their health, behaviour and ability to learn throughout their lives. A recent survey suggests that 85% of mums and dads want more practical help on caring for their baby to provide the best possible start for their children.

The new support measures for parents will include:

  • a new digital service for parents-to-be and new parents, providing regular emails and texts with information as their pregnancy develops and their child grows;
  • free parenting classes to all parents of children aged five years and under, in three trial areas;
  • expert organisations to deliver relationship support for first time parents in four trial areas of the country from this summer.

Prime Minister David Cameron said:

"Parents are nation-builders. It's through love and sheer hard work that we raise the next generation with the right values. That's why this Government is doing everything possible to support parents.

"We're doing the big, long-term things to make this country stronger for our children - dealing with our debts; having a massive push for better schools; working to create more good, skilled jobs in our economy.

"But we're also focussed on making life easier for parents day-to-day, from extending childcare to increasing the number of health visitors. The parenting classes and films we're launching this week are an important part of that, providing clear, professionally-led advice on everything from teething to tantrums."

Visit the Number 10 website for more information.


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