Young mothers celebrate success

Parents with Potential is a group is for young parents (14 to 19 years old), who have been meeting at the Children's Centre in Bury St Edmunds Library. This is the first Parents with Potential group run by the College.   Sam Coxall is at the back on the left.

Parents with Potential is a group is for young parents (14 to 19 years old), who have been meeting at the Children's Centre in Bury St Edmunds Library. This is the first Parents with Potential group run by the College. Sam Coxall is at the back on the left.

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A NEW group, which helped young mothers develop their parenting skills, has been hailed a success.

Ten members of Parents with Potential achieved a BTEC Level One Award in Parenting after completing a 17-week course.

The group is aimed at 14 to 19-year-olds and was developed by West Suffolk College.

Lecturer Sam Coxall said: “There wasn’t really a lot going on for younger parents and we work with people who come from a Neet (Not in Education, Employment or Training) background. The point of the course was to help them go on to something else. We hope now they’ve formed a group that they will continue to meet on their own accord.”

The group met at the Children’s Centre, in Bury St Edmunds Library, and studied healthy eating and lifestyles, communication with children through play and literacy, budgeting and positive parenting skills as part of their BTEC award.

They also took part in activities such as baby massage, singing nursery rhymes, storytelling and first aid. Support was on offer from centre creche workers and two health and social care college students.

Chloe Mayne, 18, who has a 16-month-old son Thomas, said: “It’s helped in terms of meeting other young mums in the same situation and we received good advice.”

Miss Coxall added: “I’m incredibly proud of the mums. Their consistent attendance, enthusiasm to progress and positive attitudes towards parenting were fantastic.”