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NCT - The UK's largest charity for parents

NCT provides support for parents through antenatal and postnatal courses, local support groups, published guidance, online guidance reaching over 3 million parents a year and a dedicated telephone helpline. .

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NCT supports parents with accurate, impartial information so that they can decide what’s best for their family. Their vision is a world in which parents are valued and supported to build a strong society. They believe that a child's early years impact upon the future they help to shape. Some striking features from the package of support includes: advice broken into pregnancy, birth and parenting; information and resources for each stage of the pregnancy, including a free guide to pregnancy, development milestones and life as a parent; the opportunity gain emotional support from other parents at local meetings; and a helpline to provide practical and emotional support when it's most needed. Support is holistic recognising the parent and child's need for emotional support. It makes life easy, the advice is attractive, it's social and timely. I wonder how much of the information, resource and presentation is already relatable in low income settings? what are the gaps that are specific to low income settings? how might we build on this successful concept to provide parents in low income settings with information, emotional and social support? how might we develop a network of well informed peers and parenting role models?

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Barbara, any thoughts on making this research into an idea?

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