Empowered Parenting


Empowered Parenting Course

Bringing up a child can be the most amazingly rewarding experience – but it can often bring challenges and frustrations.

Empowered Parenting is a five-module course that helps parents build a more understanding relationship with their child, and support their child in each stage of their journey through childhood. The course has been referred to as a “revelation” by our parents who have “noticed changes in one day”.

Led by Emma​ Gowers, the course outlines how children’s bodies and minds develop as they grow, the support they require at each age, and the most effective ways that adults can offer it.

In addition, the course explains how children develop in the major areas of language, maths, creativity and behaviour, and will help parents create a seamless transition from nursery to primary school.

You will learn simple and practical ways of living with children, and positive language tools for adults to use in everyday situations to reduce stress. Empowered Parenting is the ideal place to discuss specific challenges of individual children in an understanding and supportive environment, and develop strategies to address them.

Summer Term 2021 Course

Our next Empowered Parenting Course will run over five evening sessions, and the course will cover:

The secrets of child development – Core principles of the developing child and what you can do practically to support them.

Behaviour – How to positively manage and guide your child’s behaviour for the best.

Language development and the basics of literacy – The foundations that underpin all language and reading, preparing your child for school.

Number development and the basics of maths – Creating a love of and ease with numbers.

Creativity – Setting free your child’s inner artist.

Each module will have information, discussion, practice and application. Your child will be the main focus, the aim being to empower you as a parent to give you the skills, insight and reassurance that you need so that you can give your child the support they deserve.

Summer term 2021 course dates: Wednesdays 12th May, 19th May, 9th June, 16th June and 23rd June 2021.

Time: 6:30pm–9pm

Location: The sessions will take place either online, on Zoom, or, as usual, in person at our Primary School site. We will confirm this as soon as possible.


We offer a discount if both parents would like to attend the Empowered Parenting Course.

One Gower School parent: £155

Two Gower School parents: £280

One non-Gower School parent: £180

Two non-Gower School parents: £330

If you are interested in this programme and would like to book a place for the Summer 2021 course, please click here and complete our form.

Empowered Parenting Leaflet 2020-2021

Parent comments on the course have included


This is such an important course. When you’re at the coalface of parenting all day, every day it feels hard to take time out to (effectively) study the thing you are doing 24/7. However, the benefits are manifold, and the perspective I gained from ‘Empowered Parenting’ is literally a game changer. I can’t recommend this time enough. The books and the conversation between parents and the shared experience were so supportive and grounding. What other job would you go in to with minimal experience, and no training? Why should parenting be any different? This is a chance to up-skill but also to de-stress, because there are experts out there who can help you have calm days and positive interactions. If you have the chance to do it, do this course.

I’m just getting in touch to say that I found the recent Empowered Parenting Course really useful and interesting – invaluable really. Thanks to you all, especially Emma, for putting it on.

This is just to thank you for the very inspiring course. I enjoyed it very much and I learned a lot from everybody.

Thank you for running the course – I enjoyed it very much. Parenting is seldom easy and I have benefitted from yourself and all the other parents on the course who shared their views. I think the biggest learning point for me was the use of positive language and staying calm. I have been empowered in the sense that I can now see where I was going wrong to some extent and how I can use the techniques I’ve learned to do things better. Hopefully, I will carry on all the things that I’ve learned from the course and the booklet will be a great help and something that I can dip into to remind me of the things I should be doing. Thanks again!

Gaining insight into the way children think and how they relate to concepts like time and sharing was eye-opening and absolutely changed the way we are with them. It also meant far fewer fights as we are able to engage on a level that is far more likely to be received and understood. Other things that stayed with me were the importance of positive reinforcement and engagement with the children, the need for repetition and consistency, and making time to work on numbers and not just letters and reading. I think about the course a lot and would highly recommend it to any parent.

Emma Gowers’ Empowering Parenting course is the best course or book I could recommend to any parents of babies and/or toddlers. This course really opened my eyes. Motherhood and fatherhood comes naturally to parents but parenting can be challenging at times. This course made me realise what I needed to change to improve my parenting skills. One of the things that sticks with me the most is that you need to treat your child like a mini adult – in that you have to believe he/she can do “it”. They want to learn at their own pace and when they want help they’ll ask for it. Children are creative and if we interfere too much we narrow this creativity. Also make sure you have a child-friendly environment that allows them to do things. It is much harder for them to attempt something in an environment made for adults.

My husband and I participated in the New and Expectant Parents workshop and found it to be a valuable course to take part in. The topics covered everything from communication to independence, and were a fantastic and helpful way to further understand infant and child development. The materials were presented in a way that was accessible for all who participated. Due to the discussion based format of the workshop, it was beneficial to hear other people’s views and have a dialogue about the topics raised. I recommend this course for all prospective parents and for current parents, as it provides valuable information while also refreshing your existing knowledge and understanding.

Taster Sessions Summer 2021


We have some special free taster sessions on offer this Summer!

  • Messy play for HoliForest School and Outdoor Nursery Classes – from Thursday 29th April 2021
  • Choosing a Primary School Talk – Wednesday 5 May and Thursday 6 May 2021
  • Primary School Taster Day for Autumn 22 starters – Saturday 26 June 2021

Please see more information about the sessions and booking details here.

We look forward to welcoming you to The Gower School!