I.Y. for Parents

Contact your nearest Ministry of Education district office if you’re interested in the Incredible Years – Parent programme.

31 Totara Street, Totara Park, Taupo

Phone (07) 376 1870

Incredible Years is a 14-18-session programme for parents of children aged 3-8, which helps parents turn behaviour around and create an enjoyable and harmonious family life.

Parents come together each week and develop approaches to use at home with problem behaviours, such as aggressiveness, ongoing tantrums and acting out behaviour, such as swearing, whining, yelling, hitting and kicking, answering back and refusing to follow rules.

The programme coaches parents in ways of:

making time to play and spend time with their children and letting their children lead the play
encouraging the behaviours they would like to see, through setting clear rules and boundaries and using praise and encouragement
selectively using consequences such as ignoring, loss of privilege and time out.

A core element of the programme is about parents learning from each other and supporting each other.

The programme is delivered by Ministry of Education, Special Education staff and by 51 non-government organisations (NGOs) contracted to deliver the programme in partnership with the Ministry. Eleven of the NGOs are Whānau Ora providers. Many are also providing a range of social services to families funded through the Ministries of Health or Social Development or other agencies.

A New Zealand evaluation of this programme showed clear evidence of improvement in children’s behaviour and parenting practices. Read the evaluation report published by the Ministry of Social Development.