Check out this website for a new approach to parenting classes - which for a change targets the right age!
This is based on the Canadian 'Roots of Empathy' programme, which is well evidenced and has been hugely successful. The Roots of Empathy has been rolled out on the Isle of Man and is about to start in Nottingham.
However, Baby Matterz is UK based and far cheaper to train in (you do not have to go to Canada for a start). The idea is to link a pregnant mum, and then mum + baby, to a class or a children's centre group. The teacher gets a 5 day training over a year, and the scheme is supported by well thought out 'mindmaps'. It would be an ideal project for any children's centre attached to a primary school.
Thanks to Jan-net for this information.