CANparent is the only quality standard that was developed for the parenting sector, by the parenting sector. It is flexible and can be applied for by all types of organisations. Unfortunately we cannot currently accept applications to be assessed for the quality mark. 


The CANparent quality mark sets out what organisations need to have in place in order to prove that they are delivering quality approved classes based on sound evidence, with strong governance practices, financial and risk management procedures. Coupled with robust systems for training, supervision and measuring and evaluating outcomes. It also lays a path to improvement for those starting off within the sector.

Organisations must be able to demonstrate how their work makes a positive difference in order to bid successfully for public sector contracts. By achieving the CANparent Quality Mark, they prove that they can do this.

The CANparent Quality Mark is the only quality mark that covers the work of all providers of Universal Parenting classes, be they charities or other organisations. No other Quality Mark brings together all the essential areas of having an evidence based approach to delivery, effective governance and engagement with parents. The CANparent Quality Mark can also be used as a way of supporting an organisation’s future development, it can be a framework of something to aspire to. The CANparent Quality Mark allows commissioners a guarantee that an organisation is right and proper to deliver worthwhile and effective solutions to parents.

Many organisations have already successfully acheived the CANparent Quality Mark. From small organisations to national programmes, see who is already part of the CANparent network. 

CANparent quality mark holders:

  • 0-6 month’s antenatal class - crash course in having a baby! by Parentskool
  • 5 week programme by The Parent Practice
  • 5-12 Programme, by Edinburgh Parent Centre
  • 6 week Parent Gym Programme by Parent Gym
  • 10 week programme by The Parent Practice
  • A Complete Guide to Parenting Children with SEND by Families in Focus
  • Ante-Natal programme by Family Links
  • Cygnet programme by Barnardo's
  • Dad's Programme by Hartlepool Borough Council
  • Family Toolkit by Hertfordshire County Council
  • Five Pillars of Parenting by Approachable Parenting
  • Fun and Families programme by Centre for Fun and Families
  • Handling Anger in your Family by Families in Focus
  • Happier Families by Dorothy Boswell
  • HENRY Group programme by HENRY
  • How Babies Learn by Hand in Hand Learning
  • How Children Learn by Hand in Hand Learning
  • Living with Teenagers by Centre for Fun and Families
  • Nurturing Programme (Parent Puzzle) by Family Links
  • Once Upon a Time programme by Ampersand Learning
  • Parent's Guide to Children's Behaviour by Child Behaviour Direct
  • Parents Together by Family Lives
  • Parents with Prospects by NCLP
  • Pro Parenting by Bell Farm Christian Centre
  • Raising a Deaf Child by National Deaf Children's Society
  • Time Out for Parents: the Early Years by Care for the Family
  • Time Out For Parents by Family Matters York
  • Young Mums & Dads to be by NCLP
  • Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities by Race Equality Foundation
  • Parenting without Conflict by Restorative Thinking
  • Families and Schools Together (FAST) by Save the Children
  • Understanding your Child’s Behaviour by Solihull Approach
  • Understanding your Child’s Behaviour Online by Solihull Approach
  • Talking Teens by Supporting Links
  • Talking Pre-teens by Supporting Links
  • Anger; Escaping the Trap by Supporting Links
  • Understanding Behaviour in your Child with Additional Needs by Supporting Links
  • Mellow Parenting
  • Natural Flair Coaching Limited