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Parent Education

Babiesknow has grown from a passionate drive to equip families to enjoy close, loving relationships right from the start. They have developed carefully structured courses and an ongoing support programme for parents and professionals who are in contact with parents and babies.


The team of experts are qualified in many areas of science and human development. They know from their training and experience that the way a person is treated in the first 1500 days, from conception, affects how they flourish, for the rest of their life. They help families to make repair where things have been difficult.  Above all, the courses enable parents to feel confident in trusting their instincts thereby strengthening all the family relationships.


Courses are held at London's Viveka Centre in NW8. The founders, psychotherapist Kitty Hagenbach and obstetrician Yehudi Gordon, co-facilitate courses with Helen Biscoe-Taylor, psychotherapist & massage specialist; Harriet Sharkey, doula & writer; and Charisse Basquin, pre and peri-natal therapist”.


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Parents who attend parenting courses usually enthuse about their experience. We include here some high quality parenting courses which respect the biological imperatives of newborn and toddler behaviours and offering loving suggestions on how to understand our needs and nurture them during those early years of challange and delight.


BabyCalm™ offer a variety of antenatal and postnatal parenting courses, including workshops in babywearing, baby-led weaning and colic & crying. Some classes are available at no charge via Childrens Centres but course costs are kept low to maximise accessibility. Their main course is a 4 week (8 hour) course which incorporates common concerns and the overarching aim is to inform and inspire mothers to trust their maternal instincts.


Courses are available nationwide via the 100+ BabyCalm teachers and teacher trainings are are option for those interested in a vocation serving mothers and newborns.








Hand in Hand Parenting is a US-based organisation committed to providing resources on attachment parenting-style principles. Online training in the 'Parenting by Connection' course is via teleseminars and study groups and is available to parents seeking tools to enhance their approach. There is also a 1-year Teacher Certification course for those who wish to teach, support and mentor parents and childcare professionals.


Parenting Courses

Training Courses

APUK Group Facilitator - APUK does not offer direct training but we do offer affiliation to become an APUK Group Facilitator which includes a document on facilitation skills and discounts for other training opportunities nationwide.  APUK Groups Facilitators nationwide form a network of unqiue peer-to-peer support.


School of Babywearing - accredited courses offered nationwide with the Open College Network and including introductory workshops, peer supporter courses and consultancy courses. Customised courses are also available covering topics such as babywearing for dads, babywearing for premature babies, kangeroo care and more.


Trageschule UK - running for over 20 years and originating in Germany, Trageschule courses are offered at three different levels; foundation, advanced and certification.


La Leche League GB - La Leche league groups are run by mothers who have breastfed and are located nationwide. If you feel inspired to give your time to running a group and supporting other mothers you might be interested in leadership.


National Childbirth Trust - the UK's largest parent charity offers a variety of courses, some accredited by the University of Worcester. Courses include 'Birth & Beyond', Antenatal Teacher, NCT Doula, Postnatal Leader, Breastfeeding Counsellor, Yoga for Preganancy and much more.


Montessori Society - the Maria Montessori Institute offers courses short part-time courses (10 weeks) for parents wishing to assist in a Montessori environment or who are interested in understanding and supporting child development in the first 6 years.


International Association of Infant Massage - this site is for the UK chapter of IAIM. Trainings in infant masage are offered throughout the country and the 4-day course costs between £450-£610.


Touch Learn International - a UK- based organisation offering in-house and bespoke training in specialised massage courses for infants, babies with special needs, and the growing child. The 5-day infant massage course is offered throughout England and is accredited by the Guild of Infant & Child Massage.



Faber & Mazlish (co-authors of 'How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk) offer workshops for parent's personal use or for interested people to offer in a workshop setting. There are 3 self-contained do-it-yourself kits available in either audio or video format and several qualified Faber/Mazlish leaders providing courses in the UK.




Dr Jane Nelsen & Lynn Lott have developed a comprehensive Positive Discipline course for home learning via a 5.5 hour DVD and set course homework. This course is available for parent's personal use or for those wishing to become experiental workshop leaders - the course results in a certificate as a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator.

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