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Improve parenting skills

Prime Minister David Cameron said that families are the "best anti-poverty measure ever invented" and that parenting classes must be made more accessible for all families. 

As part of attempts to address child poverty, the government's Life Chances Strategy will include a plan for "significantly expanding parenting provision"

It will examine the possible introduction of a voucher scheme for parenting classes and recommend the best way to incentivise parents to take them up.

Meanwhile parenting skills and child development will become central to how the flagship Troubled Families programme is delivered.

 "In the end, getting parenting and the early years right isn’t just about the hardest-to-reach families, it’s about everyone.  We all have to work at it. And if you don’t have a strong support network – if you don’t know other mums or dads, having your first child can be enormously isolating. Of course they don’t come with a manual, but is it right that all of us get so little guidance?

I believe we now need to think about how to make it normal – even aspirational to attend parenting classes.”