Pathways to Competence

When a child joins the family, parents need to be able to take care of more than just their physical needs. It is equally important to be able to respond to the child’s emotional needs, which play an invaluable role in their development. By understanding how a child develops and the age-specific peculiarities, we can work with them more successfully and gradually help them learn age-appropriate skills. Understanding is reassuring – we will not expect from children what they are not ready for yet.


Lessons are held once a week. The following topics are covered in 10 lessons:

  • Understanding a child’s development and temperament;
  • How to promote body control and positive self-esteem;
  • How to promote secure attachment;
  • How to promote play and imagination in a child;
  • How to promote language and communication skills;
  • How to build a foundation for positive self-esteem;
  • Disciplinary methods that promote self-regulation, develop conscience and moral behaviour;
  • How to promote self-regulation of emotions;
  • How to promote concentration, planning and problem solving;
  • How to promote social competence, empathy and caring.

The course looks at a child’s development from birth to 7 years of age.

During the course, a variety of work methods are used – exercises in pairs and small groups, role-playing, group forum discussions, brainstorming, small homework assignments are given to reinforce what has been learnt, and sharing personal experiences among participants.

Course duration: 10 lessons (3 hours each)

The programme is also provided in collaboration with the Riga Social Service (please contact your social worker about the availability of the service). With a referral from the social service, you will not have to pay for the course.

Process: remotely, Zoom platform

Cost: 150 euros (249 euros for couples)

Group rules:

Adequate technical support (both video and audio function) is required to participate in online training, as active participation is required.

We suggest you consider if it will be possible for you to be in a private room during the training in order to share openly and participate actively.

The lesson series include 10 lessons – to master the course, complete attendance is required. At least 8 out of 10 lessons must be attended in order to receive the Certificate of Completion. If you are unable to attend a lesson, you need to notify the course leader.

To participate in the group, the parent must have regular contact with the child (face-to-face or at least via smart devices), as homework with the child is an essential part of learning.

If you have paid for the course, but later change your mind and notify us within 5 days before the start of the training, we will refund 70 % of the cost.

For more information, please e-mail us at; phone +371 22822140.