Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers

What is Parents as Teachers (PAT)?

Parents as teachers (PAT) is a home visiting program for parents of children spanning pregnancy and the first three years of life. This research-based program provides information, support and encouragement to help parents engage with their children in ways that provide a strong foundation for children's development and family well being.

Parents as Teachers is one of thirteen that have been awarded evidence-based status for home visiting programs by the US federal government. It is also on the list of evidence-based programs eligible for funding under the Brighter Futures program in NSW and has been supported by the ACT government as the home visiting program of choice for its children and family centres.

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Types of training

Parents as Teachers in Australia currently offers 3-day training in the online Foundation Curriculum for new users of the PAT curriculum and home visiting approach.

The Foundation training is suited to staff in family support services, early childhood education, health and other professionals who work with parents and their young children, and their supervisors.

Developed by Parents as Teachers Australia,  Children and Families Research Centre, Macquarie University
 in conjunction with 360 Entertainment Pty Ltd

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How to register for training

Fax  your registration form to (02) 9850 9887 or scan and email your registration form to (please follow up if you don't get a confirmation from Melissa).  

You may also post your registration and cheque to: 
Macquarie University, Children and Families Research Centre
C/-Melissa Wong
Building X5B, Room 221
Balaclava Road, North Ryde NSW 2109

For further details contact the Parents as Teachers Program coordinator, Althea Travis at or 0418 602 980.

PAT in the field

The Parents as Teachers home visiting program is being used extensively in NSW and the ACT.

It has been used successfully in urban, regional and remote areas and in family support and health services.

Click on the videos below to hear about how a range of organizations has used Parents as Teachers.

Parents talk about PAT


Email from PAT parent

To Parents as Teachers Macquarie University

Today I was just looking at my daughter's, Baby book and I came across a certificate from when we participated in Parents as Teachers program in Sadlier back in 1993-94. I wonder if you have follow up studies with those babies back then.

I want to extend my deep appreciation for the Parents as Teachers program. I know that you contributed to the success of our daughter.    

Our daughter is now a nurse in her 20's.  She has done very well in her studies, received high marks and was in the Dean's list in university.

We left Australia end of 1994 to live in Nairobi, Kenya. Our daughter studied at the International School Kenya, then at International School Bangkok when we moved to Thailand then in USA. We got back to Australia almost 8 years ago and she received awards in High School while studying at College in Brisbane. 

Again, thank you for all you do.

Sincerely yours,
Mrs. Shanks
Brisbane, QLD

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