The family is the child’s primary carer, educator and role model. Of course no two families are the same; but some families may need additional levels of support.

The voluntary sector has long been able to build bridges between home and school; restoring and repairing relationships so that the needs of the child come into focus.

With this theme we try to provide you with the most relevant information to support your work. If you are involved in creative responses to work with parents and carers let us know, or if you know about resources, publications or other material which can support the work of others do get in touch.

NEW - Connect: Parents' Voice survey on children and young people's transitions

A survey for parents: How was your child's transition handled? Survey HERE

Review of Learning at home

Learning at home can have significant immediate and longer term impacts on children in different ways. More HERE

“Speak to your school not your screen”

A guide from the National Parent Forum Social Media and your School Community aims to support parents and carers use social media in any engagement with school. More HERE

Share Aware

Holiday time means more time online. This resource supports parents and carers to support children be safe and share aware. More HERE

Internet safety support for parents

Information and support to start the conversation about internet safety. More HERE

The importance of learning at home

‘Learning at home’ is the learning which happens in the home, outdoors or in the community. More HERE

Your Parenting Plan

A guide to making a plan if parents live apart. More HERE

Free online courses to support Parent Councils

Scottish Parent Teacher Council offer popular online training to support Parent Councils. Including office bearer roles, social media, PVG checks and constitutions. More HERE

Let them be bored

What would happen if children were just left to be bored from time to time? How would it affect their development? More HERE

How Dad-Friendly is your school?

The East Lothian Father-Friendly Schools project shares learning and ideas. More HERE

The National Parenting Strategy is 5 years old.

Jonathan Sher reflects on what has actually happened to the commitments made. More HERE

Teaching children new words

Helpful factsheet for parents and carers. With links to other resources for parents and practitioners like Babbling Babies and Chatting with Children. Download pdf doc HERE

Parent Club

Hints and tips from other parents and experts to support parents from pregnancy through the early years. More HERE

Baby Box

Babies born in Scotland will now receive their baby box with essentials for this first few months. More HERE

Good practice with fathers in children and family services

Father involvement is positive for child wellbeing and family functioning across the life of the child – but do workers in children and family services still tend to view mothers as the ones with the responsibility for children? More HERE

I am a Mathematician

A new learning at home resource, designed to help parents and carers support their children’s learning. More HERE

Father-child relationships and children's wellbeing

A new report explores the quality of father-child relationships as perceived by 10-year-old children. More HERE

A review of Family Learning

Evidence on Family Learning is explored, with a key message that Family Learning reaches disadvantaged families and communities to improve their life chances. Download the pdf doc HERE

Strengthening father-child relationships: What the evidence suggests

Thursday 16 March 2017 Edinburgh
Adrienne Burgess of the Fatherhood Institute will address fathers’ impact on children alongside the opportunity to review the latest GUS report on Father-child relationships and socio-emotional wellbeing. More HERE

Partnership Schools Scotland is one year old!

Scottish Parent Teacher Council has been helping schools in Angus, Edinburgh and Glasgow build family and community partnerships for a year. More HERE

Engaging Dads

Parents Voice asked about how schools or parent groups engage male parents and carers, how this could be improved and what benefits it could bring. More HERE

Parents as learners

SWAP provides second chance learning opportunities for parents of children of any age – annually up to 1400 people - who have no or very few qualifications. More HERE

National Parent Forum: Review of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act

Ten years ago the Scottish Parliament passed a law to ensure that parents can be fully involved in their children’s schooling. National Parent Forum have launched two parent surveys as part of this review. More HERE

Psychology of Parenting project

PoPP is aimed at improving the availability of high-quality evidence-based parenting programmes for families with young children who have elevated levels of behaviour problems. More HERE

Curriculum for Excellence and parents

The new Implementation Plan stresses the need for giving parents/carers the information they need about CfE and qualifications. Parent Councils should be involved in school improvement planning, including curriculum development. Schools and early learning and childcare settings continue to develop approaches to involve parents and carers in supporting all children and young people in their learning. More HERE

Parental engagement is a key part of Delivering Excellence and Equity in Scottish Education

The new Plan recognises that parents and families are the most important and influential people in children and young people's lives, and are central to achieving our aims of raising attainment for all and closing the attainment gap. More HERE

New material on Parentzone Scotland

New content includes the development of new topics on science, health and nutrition, Gaelic Medium Education, brain development in the early years, supporting children with additional support needs through transitions, school leaver destinations, armed forces families and restorative approaches. More HERE

Helping children learn by involving all parents

Based on research and evidence, this guide sets out the reasons why a school’s parental involvement strategy should ensure parents, particularly non-resident parents, are encouraged and supported to become involved and engaged in their child’s education. It sets out the relevant legislation and highlights what local authorities and schools need to do. Download the pdf HERE

Engaging Parents and Families

A new toolkit to support parental involvement and engagement; being released in stages as new materials become available. More HERE

Dunfermline Breastfeeding Pioneer Project

The project is using improvement methodology to understand and support women to breastfeed. More HERE

Read, Write, Count

The new literacy and numeracy campaign is aimed at children in primary 1 to 3, their parents and families. Through Facebook, Twitter and the Read, Write, Count website parents and carers can now access a range of hints, tips and advice intended to help them support their child’s learning in the early years of primary school. More HERE

Prison Visitors’ Centres and furthering the rights of children affected by imprisonment

Together’s Policy and Communications Officer Emma Grindulis discusses the importance of providing a Visitors’ Centre at every prison in Scotland. More HERE

Parent information on The Education (Scotland) Bill

The purpose of the Education Bill is to create new education law and to change current education law. The parents leaflet goes through how a Bill works and what is in the Bill. Download the pdf HERE

What do we know about In-Work Poverty?

Exploring what the evidence tells us about the extent and impact of in-work poverty in Scotland, and the key factors that influence in-work poverty. More HERE

Parenting Across Scotland research

Parenting Across Scotland has produced Let’s Talk Teens: What parents of teenagers want to know about the teenage years. Download PDF HERE

Pre-Birth to Three - Information for parents and carers

Education Scotland has published a leaflet and video clips to support practitioners, parents and carers in developing a shared understanding of the importance of children’s rights, and relationships which reflect care and respect. More HERE

Parent Council info for parents

The purpose and role of parent councils’ and ‘Parents as Partners: Information for parent council members’. More HERE

Parenting Across Scotland

Resources for practitioners working with families are provided, from structured courses to skill sharing programmes and new publications. Go HERE

The parents’ guide to additional support for learning

This parents’ guide from Enquire is a handy document to refer to as a child moves through the different stages of education. Enquire helpline also on 0845 123 2303. Download the pdf HERE

Bullying… A guide for parents and carers

This resource gives adults the practical skills and confidence to support children and young people, and deal with bullying behaviour whenever and wherever it happens. More HERE

The experience of mothers aged under 20

This publication from Growing Up in Scotland provides a current picture of the circumstances of young mothers and also explores how the circumstances and characteristics of mothers change as their child grows older. More HERE

They're Not Asking My Opinion

This Early Years Collaborative video tells the story of one Dad’s experiences. More HERE

Parenting across Scotland: dads section on website

Advice for dads on pregnancy, birth and fatherhood with websites, booklets and videos geared up for dads. There are also places to go for legal, money and benefits advice, relationship support, and top tips for staying mentally healthy. More HERE

Parent Council Resource: A guide to gathering views and ensuring parents’ voices are heard in your school

This Children in Scotland resource reflects on the important role Parent Councils’ play in representing all parents’ views, focusing on the important things to consider for any consultation. It provides guidance on different methods of consultation. More HERE

Jeannie Mackenzie, convener of the Scottish Network for Parental Involvement in Children’s Learning (SNIPCL)

Talks about how working with families can support pupils. Download Portable Document Format (PDF) HERE

Patricia Santelices, Project Manager at Growing Confidence

Talks about promoting emotional well-being for primary pupils, parents and carers and school staff. Download Portable Document Format (PDF) HERE

If you have examples of practice, innovative approaches, learning and experience to share please get in touch by emailing