Tuesday September 02 , 2014
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Welcome to School for Parents

We’re a Nottingham-based charity that supports babies and pre-school children with conditions such as cerebral palsy that cause motor disorders or motor development delay. We also run specialist projects to help children with Down’s syndrome improve their communication skills.

We work closely with both the children and their parents to encourage and motivate each child’s desire to achieve tasks. At the same time, we give parents the knowledge, confidence and strength they need to cope with their child’s disability and understand how they can help.

All our activities have a common goal – to help every child reach his or her full potential within a safe, fun and supportive environment. Read more.

Our work is inspired by the principles and practices of Conductive Education, developed at the Petö Institute in Hungary. This approach places the parent firmly at the forefront of their child’s education, encouraging the child’s personality to develop alongside their mother or father.

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The staff help you to achieve your goals – and you will, if you work at it. They help you get on in life. I enjoy it at School for Parents. Most of all, it makes me feel proud of who I am.
Brandon, aged 12, pupil


I know for a fact that if School for Parents hadn’t taught me how to perform passive moves on my daughter's limbs and joints, she would certainly have needed surgery by now to correct contractures.
Iona, parent

School for Parents will help you find a way to work with your child by using their experience to solve problems in ways you may never have thought off.
Nicola, parent

The instruction, advice and support we receive from School for Parents has given us the confidence, knowledge and direction to help Sophie achieve her best at home and out in the wider world. We don’t know where we’d be without it. Thank you.
Tim & Lynda, parents

Having the opportunity to meet other parents going through similar experiences on a weekly basis means I feel supported and less isolated in dealing with Gideon's Down syndrome. I've also made some great friends. Thank you.
Estelle, parent

I feel so grateful to School for Parents for everything they did for Holly. They provided a vital role in the pre-school years. The staff members were absolutely fantastic with the children and as a parent, I always felt ‘looked after’.
Holly’s mum


We don't know what we would have done without School for Parents. It's a fantastic place for children with various needs and we can't praise all the staff and what they do enough.
Andrew & Alex, parents

School for Parents has given us hope. We came for a visit and have never looked back. I was excited and relieved to find a service that offered hope and support, where my son wasn't going to be the odd one out.
Michele, parent

School for Parents is the only place where I feel supported as a single parent of a child with a disability. I would say to other parents…Go and see for yourself!
Helen, parent

To see your little one blossoming in front of your eyes is a very rewarding experience, especially in the context of parents' initial worries and fears about their child's growth and development.
Jhanavi's mum

When our son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy we were told he would never walk – today he came 4th in his school's sports day race! We can't thank School for Parents enough for everything they have done to support us.
Chris and Katie, parents

Are you a parent with a disabled child?

If you’re concerned about your child’s mobility or communications skills, or if your child has already been diagnosed with an impairment, you’re not alone. School for Parents is here to help. Click here to find out how we’ve helped other parents and their children.

We operate an ‘open door’ policy and as a parent, you’re welcome to complete and submit referral and pre-assessment forms for your child via our Contact page.

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Our mission statement

Our mission is to provide Conductive Education and other services to help children with mobility and communication problems develop the skills they need to thrive and achieve their potential. We’re committed to creating a safe, positive, supportive and fun environment where parents receive practical assistance, information and training to help them support their child in their own home.

You can help

As an independent charity, School for Parents relies almost entirely on the generosity of individuals, businesses, charitable trusts and foundations to keep supporting disabled children and their parents in the Nottinghamshire area.

Friends of School for Parents

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With a career in television, theatre and films Des Coleman brings cheer and support to School For Parents' children, parents and staff.

Upcoming Events

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From Valentine’s balls to sponsored dog walks, pub quizzes to Easter egg hunts, there’s always something fun to get involved in.

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Take a look at some of the children, parents, & staff that we support on a day to day basis.