Quality is of utmost importance to us. It is why we don’t franchise our antenatal course, why we have a strict recruitment and selection process, why we are accredited, quality assured and insured: why everything we do, we do properly.
In order to retain fidelity to our model we have a strict certification journey that results in our Parentskool teachers receiving their Parentskool Antenatal Teacher Certificate. We have appropriate and adequate insurance that covers both employers and public liability as well as professional indemnity insurance. All our teachers are DBS (formerly CRB) checked. Unlike other antenatal classes we have a fully standardised antenatal course with clearly defined and structured learning materials and detailed trainer notes. All attendees receive excellent learning materials in the form of our Guide to Having a Baby. We also have clear policies and procedures for safeguarding, health and safety, ethics and much more.
We are happy to announce our latest accreditation: the Department of Health CANparent Quality Mark. We are the ONLY antenatal class in the country that has received this accreditation. The mark shows that our “0 to 6 months crash course in having a baby”:
- Is relied on by parents to make a positive difference, it is evidence based, monitored and evaluated to improve parent / child relationships;
- Is recommended by other parents;
- Is responsive, warm and relational, engaging with parents and builds on these effective relationships to meet their needs;
- And that you can rely on the integrity of the class provider, our professional conduct, competence, financial and governance systems, and data protection/confidentiality, to ensure suitability to deliver a class.
Our antenatal classes are (we think – let us know if we are wrong) the ONLY University Quality Assured antenatal classes in the country. To be able to tell our customers and our teachers that our course is of University standard, and quality assured by senior academics from the School of Nursing & Midwifery as well as various Lecturers and Academics from the University of Brighton is a great source of pride!
REQ stands for RECOGNISING EDUCATIONAL QUALITY. It means anyone coming on our antenatal classes can be assured that the course, materials and learning process have been uniquely assessed by a Board of experts and meets strict quality criteria.
“Parentskool captured our interest from our first contact with the company director Sarah Watkins. The company has a clear ethical vision and aims to provide sound, much needed useful advice for parents. We were impressed by the quality of material offered and the design and delivery of the learning experience for ‘A crash course in having a baby: 0-6months’. We are pleased to award the course a University of Brighton – Recognition of Educational Quality (REQ) mark“. Dr Charlotte Ramage, Recognising Educational Quality (REQ) Lead, Principal lecturer, School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton.
Parentskool C.I.C. is proud to be an official Living Wage Employer.
This means that we have voluntarily committed to paying all our employees at least the calculated living wage, currently £7.85 per hour. By signing up we can show your commitment to our city and its people, but we also benefit from the positive effect that paying the Living Wage has been shown to have for companies across the country, including:
- Significantly lower rates of staff turnover
- Substantial cost savings on recruitment and induction training
- Reduced absence and sickness levels
- Increased morale and higher productivity
“Even a bad day at the office saves lives“. Parentskool CIC try to operate ethically in everything we do, and that’s why we buy our stationery from Wild Hearts in Action. If you could buy your office supplies or print from a company that offered great prices AND service but used ALL its profits to help the poor throughout the world…would you do it? We do. WildHearts created its Office Supplies and Print companies to give organisations like ours the ability to fight economic injustice without having to give a penny.
We use Recycle4Charity which helps thousands of members raise funds for charity by providing a free, easy to use, recycling programme. They recycle empty printer inkjet cartridges and mobile phones and donate funds to your nominated charity. Parentskool CIC is a proud supporter of Sussex based charity Group B Strep Support.