Parent Champion Volunteers
What is a Parent Champion volunteer?
When it comes to finding out about what's happening locally, parents are usually the best people to help.
"Being a Parent Champion is a great opportunity to share my experience with other parents."
Mihriban Tanyildiz, mum of 3
A Parent Champion volunteers for a few hours each week to chat to other parents about local services and free early learning opportunities for eligible two-year olds and all three and four-year olds. They also use these opportunities to talk to other parents about the many benefits of early learning for their children.
Parent Champions can talk with other parents informally - sharing information and their own positive experiences about using local services and childcare. Mums and/or dads from all communities are welcomed.
- Read the Family and Childcare Trust article about the DfEs Director of Early Years and Childcare visit (external link) with Haringey's Parent Champion Volunteers
- Watch the Family and Childcare Trust's film about the impact local authorities and Parent Champions - including Haringey, are having on their communities:
- Read about the work our Parent Champions are doing in Haringey People magazine (PDF, 152KB)
How does it work?
- You would need to spare around five to seven hours each week, for a minimum of six months. You should normally be able to fit it in around your family, study or other commitments.
- Training and support is provided by the local authority and the Family and Childcare Trust - a training certificate is awarded for the initial induction training.
- Once trained, Haringey's Learning and Volunteer Coordinators support and work with Parent Champions in and around children's centres and areas like libraries, local playgroups, school gates, community events.
- You would talk with individuals or small groups about childcare and other services.
- You could help parents to find further information and advice by signposting them to services which meet their particular needs.
- You could help parents access information from a children's centre or accompany them for the first time to use local facilities.
How does it benefit me?
Being a Parent Champion volunteer is perfect for personal and professional development.
"As a Parent Champion, I'm glad to be doing more for my community."
Rose Afua Dadzie, mum of 2
With all the support and training you’ll receive (including Family and Childcare Trust Induction Training certification), you’ll gain valuable skills and experience that could improve your chances of getting a job or make a change in your career.
The role you play as a Parent Champion also allows you to meet various people, make new friends, be part of a team, and boost your general confidence. As a parent, you’ll also learn how to best support and help your own family.
How do I volunteer?
If you would like more information about becoming a Haringey Parent Champion, visit your local children's centre.
To register your interest in future training sessions for new volunteers, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Family and Childcare Trust
Haringey’s Parent Champion Volunteers is part of a nation-wide Parent Champions programme run by the Family and Childcare Trust. There are hundreds of Parent Champions across the country today talking to other parents about free childcare and the local services available - helping families get the support they need.
Further information on Parent Champions can be found on the Family and Childcare Trust website (external link).