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A HANDBOOK FOR TEACHERS IMPLEMENTING THE EDUCATION PROGRAMME PREPARATION FOR PARENTHOOD AND THE FIRST STEPS

Family is synonymous with a safe and supportive environment. Numerous studies point out the importance of family togetherness as a determining factor for a child’s healthy growth, building trust and strengthening selfconfidence. That is why both parental roles are equally important. In a family, we form ourselves as individuals and satisfy some of our most essential needs that can only be met in a family. In addition, family is a natural link between an individual and society, performing more functions than any social group while retaining its connection and surviving even after meeting specific needs. The handbook was made as a kind of support for teachers who will implement the education programme Preparation for Parenthood and the First Steps, giving them guidelines and recommendations on encouraging the strengthening of parental competencies in future participants. The content of the handbook includes three developmental periods: the prenatal period, which implies parenthood planning and preparation of partners for a new (parental) role; the natal period (developmental stages in pregnancy and relationships between partners); and the postnatal period (the birth of a child and their development until the second year of life, including partnership parenting and the challenges of this phase in family life). The handbook is primarily intended for teachers. However, with its structure and content, it calls for broader use. Its primary purpose is to develop parental competencies that are considered a prerequisite for quality and successful parenthood. The idea is to help parents perform their parenting role and provide them with vital information to compensate for any lack of knowledge and skills about parenthood, then contribute to developing a critical attitude towards environmental and media influences and help understand the impact of heritage. The annexe to the handbook also presents the education programme Preparation for Parenthood and the First Steps, allowing programme providers to apply it more easily in practice. The handbook also contains examples of specific workshops, which can be used by teachers for ideas or to encourage their creativity and innovation in practice. The document thematically follows the content of the education programme and defined learning outcomes. The handbook and the education programme are part of the activities implemented within the project “EPALE National Support Service for Montenegro.”

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