Information for Parents and Teachers

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT INCREDIBLE YEARS PARENT PROGRAMMES IN YOUR AREA

Whāraurau only offers workforce support and training for the Incredible Years programmes, and does not deliver programmes to parents.

What is the Incredible Years Parent programme?

Incredible Years Parent is a 14-session programme for parents of children aged 3–8, which provides parents with skills to better manage children with behavioural problems, creating a home environment that is conducive to positive social and educational outcomes.

The programme is delivered by Ministry of Education, Special Education staff and by non-government organisations (NGOs). Many of these NGOs also provide a range of social services to families funded through the ministries of Health or Social Development or other agencies.

The Ministry of Social Development ran a pilot study to evaluate the programme and the results showed sustained improvement in both the parenting practices and the children’s behaviour. 

What is involved?

Parents across the country come together each week for around two hours and develop approaches to use at home with problem behaviours, such as aggressiveness, ongoing tantrums, and acting out behaviour, such as swearing, whining, yelling, hitting and kicking, answering back, and refusing to follow rules.

The programme looks at:

  • making time to play and spend quality time with children and letting children lead the play
  • encouraging the behaviours parents would like to see, through setting clear rules and boundaries and using praise and encouragement
  • selectively using consequences, such as ignoring, loss of privilege, and time out.

Parents learn from each other and support each other.

Who to contact

If you'd like to attend an IY parenting programme, please contact your local Ministry of Education office.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT INCREDIBLE YEARS TEACHER PROGRAMMES IN YOUR AREA

Whāraurau only offers workforce support and training for the Incredible Years programmes, and does not deliver programmes to teachers.

What is the Incredible Years Teacher programme?

The Incredible Years Teacher programme provides teachers with approaches to help turn disruptive behaviour around and create a more positive learning environment for their students. The programme is for teachers of children aged 3–8 years.

The programme covers:

  • building positive relationships with students
  • proactively preventing behaviour problems
  • using attention, encouragement and praise to turn behaviour around
  • motivating students by giving them incentives
  • helping students learn social skills, empathy, and problem-solving
  • using appropriate consequences for undesirable behaviour.

What is involved?

Teachers from a school or early childhood education centre meet with colleagues from other schools or centres once a month over six months. There is also a follow-up, one-day session three months later.

Who to contact

If you'd like to attend an IY teacher classroom management programme, please contact your local Ministry of Education office.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT TRIPLE P PARENT PROGRAMMES IN YOUR AREA

Whāraurau only offers workforce support and training for the Triple P programmes, and does not deliver programmes to parents.

What are the Triple P Parenting Programmes

Triple P is a world-acclaimed parenting programme that started out life in New Zealand more than four decades ago. It has now helped more than four million children and their families in more than 25 countries.

Triple P gives parents a choice of simple strategies they can adapt to suit their own family’s needs – to build better relationships and manage behaviour.

There are dozens of different types of Triple P programmes in the Triple P system.  

You can choose from:

  • programmes for parents of children from birth – 12
  • programmes for parents of teenagers
  • programmes for parents of children with a disability
  • and more!

Triple P is also available in group courses, one-to-one sessions and online.  

How to find a programme

If you'd like to find out what Triple P programmes are available in your area, please visit the Triple P NZ website and check out their session calendar.

If you'd like to receive a free access code for one of the Triple P Online courses: TPOL (toddlers to tweens), TTPOL (pre-teens and teens), and the new Fear-Less (6-14 year old kids who are often anxious), please visit this page (coming soon) for more information.

Do you live in Bay of Plenty, Mid-Central, Counties Manukau, or Waitemata DHB regions and are looking for a Triple P programme?

Thanks to the Ministry of Health, Whāraurau is making Triple P available FREE to parents of children aged 3-7 years in: 

  • Bay of Plenty
  • Mid-Central
  • Counties Manukau
  • Waitemata

Please check out this Triple P page to see what's available in your area.

Other programmes and services

Check out the Triple P group courses and sessions currently scheduled by the Triple P Centre or call us on 09 579 1794 to book a private session or course. 

View other Triple P programmes and services.