The first few years are the most important in your child's life, and as a mum or dad you have the biggest influence of all on their learning and development. As well as in the home, the learning and experiences that your child has when being cared for - whether in playgroups, nurseries, childminders or at school - really help to shape them and their development.
Being a parent can be the most rewarding experience, but it can also be tough. Every child is different and at every age parents are faced with new challenges and situations to handle. There is no such thing as a perfect parent and we all need a little help and support at times.
Parenting programmes give parents the opportunity to share experiences, learn new skills and help build positive relationships.
High Impact Families
In November 2011 the Government announced a programme to tackle the needs of "troubled families", based within the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).