The district of forchheim wants to challenge the youngest children

The district of forchheim wants to challenge the youngest children

Some young mothers live "without any connection to a social environment", says dagmar may, the head of the youth office. "They are on their own and what they experience should not be compared with our experiences."

Therefore may spoke out in the youth welfare committee on tuesday for, a new assistance program that helps helpless young mothers under the arms.

Unanimous vote for PAT

parents as teachers (PAT) is the name of the model. In the committee hilde nagele from the AWO-kreisverband nurnberg and the PAT-expert christine schubert were guests. The two educators explained what is behind the model, which has already become established in nurnberg.

The district of forchheim is now the first district in bavaria to implement this "home program for parental education and early childhood challenge" wants to try out. The committee unanimously approved the preventive program.
As SPD county councilor and AWO executive director lisa hoffmann said, PAT is comparable to the AWO project opstapje, which has been practiced in the county of forchheim since 2007. But while opstapje is an "early learning program for children is for children from one and a half years, PAT starts even earlier. The mothers are already supported during pregnancy; and the help continues immediately after the birth.

Hilde nagele outlined PAT. The offer consists of four elements: home visits, screening (test procedure), group offers and integration into social networks. The home visits are the central element, explained nagele.

Answering elementary questions

a PAT parent trainer is equipped with books and games; she helps "to awaken and strengthen the potentials of the families". During the home visits, everything revolves around the baby for the mother and father. Development in the first weeks is monitored. The questions to be answered are elementary: what helps people fall asleep?? How can parents and children do something together without television?? And so on.

Trial run with five families

PAT is now being tested for two years with five families in the district of forchheim. Every year, the district pays 15 euros for the parent trainer and for the coordination office.Invest 000 euros.
Dagmar may had also pointed out to the district politicians that there is a "legal mandate behind this form of prevention". The so-called "early help is also defined for the first time in the child protection act.
This is a sensible step, as dagmar may said, because: "after all, intensive early childhood bonds determine whether a child can later live autonomously."