Incredible Years

Incredible Years is an internationally recognised Parenting Programme that has been shown to work in Plymouth for a wide range of families. The Incredible Years programme is divided into various age groups and designed for parents of babies, toddlers, pre-school and primary school age children.

Apply for Incredible Years Course

Plymouth Information, Advice and Support for SEND offer Incredible Years parenting courses at various venues across the city for the following age groups:

If you would like to ask any questions about our Incredible Years Parenting Programmes, please call: 01752 258933.

Alternatively you can email us at:

Incredible Years Babies

  • For parents-to-be and parents of 0-12 month old babies
  • 8 x 2 hour sessions
  • Babies come along
  • Courses run during the day

Key Features

  • Special time for you to get to know, understand and enjoy your baby in a safe and supportive setting.
  • Lets you learn about how babies develop in their first year and practice the skills to feel confident as a parent.

Incredible Years Toddlers

  • For parents of 12-36 month old toddlers
  • 10 x 2 hour sessions
  • Parents only
  • Courses run during the day

Key Features

  • Gives you the tools to deal with the unique demands that toddlers can put on you as they start to become their own person.
  • To learn simple techniques to support and nurture the development of your little one, whilst having fun.

Incredible Years Early Childhood

  • For parents of children aged 3-6 years
  • 14 x 2 hour sessions
  • Parents only
  • Courses run during the day

Key Features

  • Gives you the tools to use Play, Praise and Rewards to bring out the best in your child.
  • Gives you the confidence to deal with difficult behaviour without losing your cool.

Incredible Years School Age

  • For parents of children aged 7-12 years
  • 12 x 2 hour sessions
  • Parents only
  • Courses run during the day

Key Features

  • Gives you the skills and confidence to resolve typical pre-teen issues before they become problems.
  • Builds a foundation of closeness and affection to see you through the difficult teenage years.
  • Supports you to work with your child’s school so that they get the best out of their education.

Incredible Years Autistic Spectrum and Language Delay

  • For parents of children aged 2-5 years with a diagnosis of ASC/Language Delay
  • 12-16 x 2 hour sessions
  • Parents only
  • Courses run during the day

Key Features

  • Gives you the skills and confidence to deal with difficult behaviour and support your child in learning to manage their emotions.
  • Enables you to support your child to develop their language skills and social relationships with others.
  • Allows you to nurture your child's development in readiness for school.

‘You are very good at what you do and I hope you keep holding these courses for years to come. It’s your enthusiasm and humour which makes the course and I would like to thank you.’

- Mum, Incredible Years

Frequently Asked Questions

We run Incredible Years groups across the year for the following age groups:

  • Babies: 0-12 months
  • Toddlers: 1-3 years
  • Early Childhood: 3-6 years
  • School Age: 7-12 years
  • ASC / Language Delay: 2-5 years

No. The only group where the child also attends is the IY Baby group.

Yes. Most of our groups have creche facilities, so please inform us if you will need a creche place when you apply online.

The groups vary in length according to group type:

  • Babies: 6-8 weeks
  • Toddlers: 12 weeks
  • Basic School Age: 14 weeks
  • School Age: 14 weeks
  • ASC / Language Delay: 12-16 weeks


The sessions run once a week for 2.5 hours, TERM TIME only.

No. But the course has a set curriculum that is followed and built upon each week. Therefore you will be expected to attend as many sessions as possible. Please note that these courses are NOT drop-ins.

The groups become "closed" after session two. Therefore, if you have not attended the first two sessions you will be offered another course in the future.

If you have attended the majority of the course you will receive a certificate from us.

Groups vary in size from 6-12 people and are a mixture of parent/carers. All parent/carers will have been allocated groups based on the age of their child and postcode area.

We find that due to the diverse mix of parents in groups there is often common ground between them. Remember: just being parents means you already have something in common!!

The groups follow a weekly curriculum which covers: Play, Social, Emotion and Academic Coaching, Praise, Reward Charts, Household Rules, Limit Setting/Positive Discipline (including Time Out to Calm Down on Basic School age and School Age courses) and Problem Solving.

Each session includes: group discussion, watching DVD clips, practices, and home practice, to enable you to explore Incredible Years in a safe and supportive environment.

The groups are run by fully trained IY facilitators, from Plymouth Information, Advice and Support for SEND Service, who receive regular supervision. These run in partnership with other agencies, including: Children's Centres, Schools, Health Visitors and other professionals providing support for parents.

No. Not unless there is a safeguarding concern.

Plymouth Information, Advice and Support for SEND is an impartial and confidential service. From time to time we are asked for information regarding parents attending our courses. We do not share information on what has been said in groups. We may share information on attendance if agreed with you and your referring agency. We do not write reports for referring agencies.

Yes. The nature of the course requires that you have contact at least once a fortnight, so you can practice the techniques learnt.

Incredible Years groups are run across the city at various community venues, including: Children's Centres, Schools, Jan Cutting Healthy Living Centre and Virginia House.

Yes. You will be able to choose from a range of available options. You will be offered a course nearest to your home address initially but please feel free to ask if this isn't convenient and we will attempt to offer you an alternative group.

No. You will need to make your own way to the venue.