National Parent’s Week 2013: Make One Change

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This year will see the 13th Annual National Parents’ Week, organised by The Family and Childcare Trust, the charity created from a merger of the Family and Parenting Institute and the Daycare Trust.

They are hoping that childcare providers will get involved and support Parent’s Week, 2013, and have published the following information for providers.

Families face all sorts of pressures, from financial anxieties to lack of time spent with their children. There are many things that could change to ease pressure on family life in Britain, but sometimes making a small change can make a big difference.

That’s why for Parents’ Week 2013, the Family and Childcare Trust has chosen the theme ‘Make One Change’.

They are asking childcare professionals to think about the ONE change they could make to improve the quality of family lives, through the work they do.

“We are encouraging families, childcare providers and businesses that employ parents or provide services to families to commit to Make One Change on our Change Board. We will also be engaging with families beyond Parents’ Week to help us build a manifesto for families in time for the next general election, and encouraging childcare providers during the week to hold events in appreciation of family life.”

Suggestions from The Families and Childcare Trust include:

Encourage parents to go to our Change Board:

During the week, we want to hear from as many people as possible about the ONE change they would make to improve family life, so please encourage parents to go to the Change Board of our website and upload their family photos and commitment to change (Available from October).

Hold a Parents’ Week event 
We know that it is important for families to spend quality time together, and during Parents’ Week 2013 we’re encouraging childcare providers and practitioners to host local events and activities to celebrate family life.

Make One Change is our theme for Parents’ Week 2013, and for families, who have so many different things to think about, it is about focusing on the ONE change to make their family life better. Whether the one change is to eat at the dining table at least once a week, or to plan a family visit to the theatre every now and again, or even to tackle the cleaning by turning the event into a family disco, the small changes can sometimes have the biggest impact (and can be the most fun!). See our family activity ideas.

We are providing online resources so you can download posters, bunting and change cards to help make your event a success. There are also downloadable family activity ideas for your event or for parents to take home. Don’t forget to visit www.facebook.com/parentsweek regularly to promote and share your events, and follow us on Twitter at FamChildTrust using the hash tag #MakeOneChange.
Spread the word by adding our Twibbon badge to your social media 
Add our twibbon badge to your facebook or Twitter avatar by clicking on this link http://twb.ly/146vFiX

Why not invite a local celebrity or MP to your Parents’ Week event, or invite your local paper along to take photos? 

We have template press releases to help you with your publicity on our ‘for events’ resource page.

Competition and offers for families 
To be revealed soon!

Support our Manifesto for Families 

If you are passionate about improving the quality of family life in Britain, and would like to be part of the development of our Manifesto for Families, we would love to have you on board.

We will use Parents’ Week 2013 as a springboard to start a discussion with parents, businesses, practitioners and policymakers.

As a family or childcare practitioner your support is crucial to enable us create a manifesto that truly sets out policies that help to ease pressure on struggling families and makes the UK a more family friendly society.

Your input could range from sharing best practice or helping us with surveys and encouraging your network of parents to do the same. The level of support you would like to give is up to you.

Want to find out more? Contact parentsweek@familyandchildcaretrust.org

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