Parenting Young Children (PYC)

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About This Program

Target Population: Parents with learning difficulties who are the main caregivers of a child aged six months through six years old

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 6

Brief Description

Parenting Young Children (PYC) is a comprehensive, home‐based parent training and support program for parents with learning difficulties and their young children. PYC was developed in 2003, has been evaluated and widely disseminated across Australia as a part of the Australian national strategy ‘Healthy Start’. Healthy Start is a national capacity building strategy which aims to improve health and well-being outcomes for children whose parents have learning difficulties (

Practitioners use a four-section manual to guide their practice:

  • Developing the Intervention
    • Clarifying roles
    • Setting goals with parents
    • Developing the intervention (selecting a module, designing content, developing teaching materials)
  • Teaching Strategies
    • General principles for teaching
    • Knowledge and practice skills
    • Teaching strategies
  • Core Content Areas (Two intervention modules)
    • Module 1 – Child Care Skills assists parents to develop skills around toilet training, food preparation, nutrition, bathing, sleeping, and health care (based on Maurice Feldman’s Parent Education Program)
    • Module 2 – Parent–Child Interactions teaches parents to provide stimulating play activities for their child, and how to use praise, modeling, and other parent-child interaction skills (based on Sheila Eyberg’s Parent-Child Interaction Therapy)
  • Putting It All Together
    • Practitioner skills
    • Program adherence
    • Promoting generalization and maintenance of skills

Program Goals:

The goals of Parenting Young Children (PYC) are to:

  • Facilitate the acquisition and maintenance of good child health and development.
  • Improve and maintain the quality and safety of the home environment.
  • Improve the quality of the parent-child relationship by increasing parental warmth and positive attention towards the child.
  • Increase children’s understanding and use of language.

Contact Information

Catherine Wade, PhD
Phone: +61 3 8660 3500

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: March 2014

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2014

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2014