Comfort, Play & Teach: A Positive Approach to ParentingTM helps you encourage your child's social, emotional and intellectual development.
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This one-day training familiarizes participants with strategies to enhance the numerous parenting capacities called upon to nurture a child's development. This training is for practitioners who focus on maximizing the guide’s effectiveness as a planning and recording tool; as well as a vehicle to support parenting capacities, knowledge and skills.

The training and guide are intended to support paraprofessional and professional home visitors in their work with parents.

Institute Features:
  • A comprehensive guide prepared by experienced Canadian experts in early childhood education, early intervention, child development, home visiting and family support
  • A section on making an effective telephone contact and a framework for the initial home visit, which is different from all the rest
  • A section on sharing the planning process with families
  • 50 activities that strengthen such parenting capacities as confidence, self-esteem, resourcefulness, sensitivity, problem solving, communication, and motivation
  • A section of corresponding handouts that can be reproduced and shared with families
  • The Comfort, Play and Teach section that contains over 150 parent-child focused activities for the ages 0 - 5 years in the areas of cognitive, social-emotional and language development
  • A section of Frequently Asked Questions that relate to common parenting issues/concerns in the early years of development
Institute Goals:
  • To enhance the skills and knowledge of home visitors in planning effective visits with families
  • To increase the repertoire of strategies that support families to reach their goals
  • To strengthen a more inclusive approach toward working with families
  • To facilitate the application of theory and research into practice


  1. Protocol Section
    • Effective telephone contact
    • Framework for the first home visit
    • Preparation for successive visits
    • Planning process with families
    • Family planning sheet

  2. Strengthening parenting capacities
    • Self-esteem
    • Confidence
    • Coping
    • Knowledge of child development
    • Problem solving
    • Communication
    • Values and beliefs
    • Resourcefulness

  3. Activities to enhance early development
    • Framework of Comfort, Play and Teach
    • Areas of development – Language, Social- Emotional and Cognitive
    • Ages: 0-6m; 6-12m; 12-18m; 18-24m; 2-3 yrs; 3-4 yrs; 4-5 yrs.
    • Developmental milestones

  4. Frequently asked questions
    Topics Include:
    • Bringing home a new baby
    • Children's moods and worries
    • Personality, temperament and self-esteem
    • Discipline
    • Sleeping and eating
    • Toilet training
    • Brothers and sisters
    • Parent's temper, stress and guilt
    • School, child care and sports

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