Parenting Classes in Junior Schools Recommended in U.K. Government Report

David Cameron’s government is being urged to introduce parenting classes in Britain’s junior schools to improve the prospects of future generations of children.

A government-commissioned report by opposition Labour lawmaker Frank Field, published today, also suggested the publication of “life-chance indicators” to measure how successful the authorities are in helping poorer children. It said the government should focus on the first five years of a child’s life.

The report also proposed spending money on projects aimed at the under-fives rather than increasing welfare payments. It said the level of nurture parents provide is more important to a child’s prospects than their jobs or incomes.

“Later interventions to help poorly performing children can be effective but, in general, the most effective and cost- effective way to help and support young families is in the earliest years of a child’s life,” Field said in the report.

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