Parents Building Solutions (PBS)

Parents Building Solutions is a 6-week parenting program that helps parents develop skills to strengthen child development and wellbeing.

Program details

  • Priority area: Wellbeing (social and emotional) access and inclusion
  • Primary audience: Educators, parent/carers
  • Delivery mode: Professional services, online
  • Strength of evidence: Level 3 - Promising research evidence
  • AEDC sub-domains:
    • Emotional maturity - anxious and fearful behaviour
    • Emotional maturity - aggressive behaviour
    • Social competence - responsibility and respect
  • Item cost: Variable

Program description

Parents Building Solutions (PBS) is a strengths-based, developmental parenting program that builds on the existing skill base of parents/carers. It aims to strengthen child development and wellbeing through enhanced parenting skills and family relationships. Each program is co-designed with parents attending to develop a customised program that meets individual needs.

The program runs for 2-hours per week for six weeks. One-off workshops (2-hours commitment) can also be delivered on selected topics.

The program involves evidence-based strategies that include:

  • understanding and acknowledging existing strengths, skills and experiences
  • harnessing the strengths and knowledge within the group to share learning
  • connecting new knowledge to existing experiences
  • selecting group activities that scaffold current knowledge and skills
  • experiential learning and practice of skills

Detailed cost

Six week program (six x 2-hour sessions) for up to 12 participants: $4,166 (excluding GST)

Two hour workshop on selected topics for up to 15 participants: $701.90 (excluding GST)

If required, the following will affect the price:

  • Travel
  • Interpreting costs: If required interpreting can be arranged at industry rates through Victorian Interpreting and Translating Service (VITS) LanguageLoop
  • Venue hire: Parents Building Solutions can be delivered at your early years’ service, if suitable. If a venue is required (for example, local council venue or library) additional charges may apply.
  • Catering: if required to be supplied by Anglicare Victoria will incur a cost
  • Second facilitator.

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: parents and carers with a wide variety of backgrounds, including diverse family constellations as well as multi-generational parenting, kinship carers and foster carers, LGBTIQ families, Aboriginal families (in partnership with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations), migrant and newly arrived communities across Melbourne, parents of children with a disability, parents with mental health difficulties, parents with language and communication needs, and families experiencing hardship and adversity.
  • Program adaptability: the PBS program can be delivered online to metropolitan, regional or rural Victoria, or face-to-face within metropolitan Melbourne and Inner Gippsland. Face-to-face delivery may also be negotiated in other regional Victoria settings, but this will incur additional travel and accommodation costs.
  • Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill in determining the cost of accessing this training.
  • Factors to consider: a minimum of eight participants is required. For additional participants, a second facilitator may be required, allowing up to 24 participants to attend.
  • Tools and systems: if delivered online, parents will require a computer with access to the internet and Zoom.

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

  • Reflective practice
  • Partnerships with families
  • High expectations for every child
  • Respectful relationships and responsive engagement
  • Equity and diversity
  • Partnerships with professionals

Item responds to these sub-outcomes

Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

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