Triple P – Positive Parenting Program®

Triple P® helps parents and carers develop skills, strategies and confidence to parent children positively.

Program details

  • Priority area: Wellbeing (social and emotional)
  • Primary audience: Educators, parents/carers
  • Delivery mode: Group training, online
  • Strength of evidence: Level 3 Promising research evidence
  • AEDC sub-domains:
    • Emotional maturity anxious and fearful behaviour
    • Emotional maturity aggressive behaviour
    • Emotional maturity hyperactivity and inattentive behaviour
    • Social competence responsibility and respect
  • Item cost: Low (<200 per person/item)

Program description

Triple P - Positive Parenting Program® (Triple P) is a flexible, practical system of programs to help parents/carers develop skills, strategies and confidence to parent children positively. It supports parents/carers to build and maintain positive and nurturing relationships with their children and develop skills for raising resilient, competent and confident children.

Support for parents is available via online or workbook-based self-help programs, or via programs delivered by accredited practitioners in person, with the option of online remote delivery via teleconference.

Within the Triple P system is the Positive Early Childhood Education (PECE) Program. The PECE Program aims to support child and educator wellbeing by boosting educators' skills and confidence in providing responsive care, enriched learning opportunities, and promoting children's social and emotional regulation and skill development in early learning and care settings.

Visit provider website for details about additional Triple P training programs for educators.

All training programs are now available online via videoconference. The online training experience has been kept as close to the in-person experience as possible. Therefore, the training via videoconference will feature all of the same content and exercises as the in-person training, and will utilise the Triple P Training presentations via screensharing, DVD content via video streaming, as well as small group exercises and discussions via a breakout groups function.

Detailed cost

From June 2022, access to the Triple P Online System is free for Australian families under the Commonwealth-funded Parenting Education and Support Program initiative, which provides universal access to evidence-based online parenting programs. TPOS includes:

  • Triple P Online universal parenting support for families with children aged 0-11 years.
  • Fear-Less Triple P Online to reduce anxiety and enhance resilience among children aged 6+ years.

Positive Early Childhood Education (PECE) Program online: $199/person.

Other costs vary according to the program variant implemented. See provider website for details.

Implementation considerations

Target population

Parents/carers and educators of children aged between 0 to 12 years.

Program/practice descriptions and details

While Triple P comes in different formats, all interventions are structured around these key principles:

  • create a safe, interesting environment
  • have a positive learning environment
  • use assertive discipline
  • have realistic expectations
  • take care of yourself as a parent.

In addition, the PECE Program includes a sixth key principle, Working as a team.

Program adaptability

Triple P has been disseminated in more than 30 countries, and program materials have been translated into multiple languages. Triple P and the PECE Program introduce a variety of strategies that allow for flexibility and self-selection to better respond to the individual needs of children of all abilities. The PECE Program is aligned with leading early childhood pedagogical frameworks (for example, Reggio Emilia, Montessori, High/Scope and Waldorf).

There are 3 ways to access the PECE program:

  1. Personal PECE: Educators complete their learning online using the PECE Online program. They complete the 4 one-hour online modules at their pace typically over 4 to 8 weeks
  2. Team PECE: PECE coaches are trained to support educators completing the PECE Online programs. Staff in coaching, consultative, or leadership roles (internal or external to the setting) attend PECE Coach Training to be able to provide the practice sessions for educators
  3. Community PECE: In addition to Team PECE, settings/areas may offer the Triple P - Positive Parenting Program to parents in their community to promote consistency between educator and parent strategies.

Training requirements

No training is required to offer parents and educators access to online and workbook-based programs, or to host a parent seminar delivered by an experienced Triple P provider. For practitioners seeking to become accredited Triple P program practitioners or PECE Coaches, training courses vary in length and cost depending on the program chosen.

For more information or to enquire about dates, please email the provider. Courses are scheduled based on demand.

Staffing

Staffing requirements vary depending on the program variant being implemented. There are program variants that can be delivered face-to-face to parents (physically or via videoconferencing; one-to-one or groups). There are also parent self-help options (online and workbook) that can be provided without staff support. An online program for educators is also available that can be completed at times that fit with centre hours, with the option of support from trained PECE Coaches.

Implementation model

An implementation consultant will use an implementation and sustainability framework to provide guidance and support smooth, timely, and responsive implementation planning. All practitioners undertaking Triple P Provider Training receive access to online tools and support.

Australian experience

Triple P was created in Australia and has been implemented across the country. Triple P has wide cultural acceptability, and is used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse parents/carers and practitioners.

Current best implementation knowledge

A Triple P Implementation Framework has been developed to guide all initiatives in the establishment of systems and processes related to implementing Triple P. This framework draws on implementation science and research into the implementation of evidence-based practices, tailored for the processes involved in implementing Triple P within services.

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

Partnerships with families.

Item responds to these sub-outcomes

  • Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing
  • Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing

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