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Tasmania’s child and family centres building parenting capability: a mixed methods study

Jose, KA ORCID: 0000-0002-9346-6429, Christensen, D, van de Lageweg, WI and Taylor, C 2018 , 'Tasmania’s child and family centres building parenting capability: a mixed methods study' , Early Child Development and Care , pp. 1-10 , doi:

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Tasmania’s Child and Family Centres (Centres) provide a single entry pointto early childhood services (ECS) and aim to improve the health and wellbeing,education and care of Tasmania’s children through supportingfamilies and carers. This mixed methods study investigated the impactof Centres on parents’ confidence and competence. Centre usersreported a slightly lower overall sense of parenting competence thannon-users. There was no difference between Centre users and non-usersin how they felt overall as a parent. Compared to non-Centre users,Centre users were more likely to report that ECS helped them developnew parenting skills. Centres supported parenting practices through arange of formal (i.e. parenting courses) and informal (i.e. role modelling)strategies. Centre users indicated that the combination of formal andinformal parenting supports worked together to assist them build newparenting skills. The Centre model and partnership approach facilitatesthe development of positive parenting practices.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Jose, KA and Christensen, D and van de Lageweg, WI and Taylor, C
Keywords: parenting competency, survey, interviews, disadvantaged communities, Tasmania
Journal or Publication Title: Early Child Development and Care
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0300-4430
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Copyright 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Early Child Development and Care on 20/04/2018, available online:

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