Parent-Child Mother Goose (P-CMG)
|Name||Parent-Child Mother Goose (P-CMG)|
Infants (0-2 years)
Early childhood (3-5 years)
|CfC Objective||Supporting Families and Parents|
|Organisation||Parent Child Mother Goose Australia Inc|
|Description||A group program for parents/carers and their babies/young children. P-CMG supports the development of secure parent-child attachment, promotes children’s speech development and enhances families community inclusion through the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs, and stories together.|
|Delivered to||Parents and carers with children aged 0-5 years|
|Delivered by||Two trained facilitators|
P-CMG consists of an infant program (children aged 0-2) and toddler program (children aged 2-5). While the structure is the same for both programs, sessions vary according to the different developmental needs of toddlers and infants.
Level One: Facilitators are required to attend a 2-day training workshop where they will be provided with the materials, methods and principles necessary to run the program. From August 2020 until further notice, all training is being delivered online.
Trainings are regularly provided throughout Australia. For upcoming dates, see: www.parentchildmothergooseaustralia.org.au/training-calendar
|Evaluation and effectiveness||Several evaluations of the program have been conducted that showed positive outcomes for participants. A Canadian evaluation of the program (with a control group) found that mothers in the intervention group had higher levels of parenting efficacy and were more likely to judge their children as being secure (Scharfe, 2011). Results were most significant for the intervention group over time (6-month follow up).|
In addition, results from an Australian evaluation (Terrett et al., 2013) that included a comparison group found that children in the intervention improved more in their language abilities, and parents had a reduction in perception of child demandingness.
Scharfe, E. (2011). Benefits of mother goose: influence of a community-based programme on parent-child attachment relationships in typical families. Child Welfare Journal, 90(5), 9-26.
Terrett, G., White, R., & Spreckley, M. (2013). A preliminary evaluation of the Parent–Child Mother Goose Program in relation to children’s language and parenting stress. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 11(1), 16-26.