Incredible Years 3-8


For parents of 3 - 8 year olds - Franklin Family Support Services announces a partnership with the Ministry of Education in their Positive Behaviour for Learning Initiative by offering a 14 week fully funded Parenting Programme.

Incredible Years is a 14 week parenting programme for parents of children aged 3-8 years. It involves weekly sessions of around two hours. Over the weeks, parents develop strategies to build positive relationships with their children and to manage problem behaviours. They come to group sessions each week, talk through what has, or hasn't worked, set goals for what they want to happen and ways to achieve those goals during the following week.

Topics covered include:

  • how to play/spend special time together
  • praising and rewarding children
  • communicating positively
  • setting limits
  • dealing with disobedience, selectively using distractions, ignoring, time out and other penalties
  • helping children to problem-solve.

The programme spends a lot of time looking at how parents can develop good relationships with children, through play and spending time together.

The programme then looks at encouraging the behaviours that parent would like to see, through using praise and encouragement.

Consequences such as time out and loss of privilege are used selectively, once clear and sensible limits and rules have been tried.

The Incredible Years programme is extensively tested. With a 25 year history, the programme now operates successfully in a wide range of countries. Programmes in New Zealand show reductions in problem behaviour across a range of families and cultures.

For information about Incredible Years programmes contact Nicola Mapletoft

Or phone 09 238 6233.

To register Please download the application form by clicking here and fill in and email back to or by phoning 09 238 6233.

For more general information about the Incredible Years programmes, visit