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Roots of Empathy - Parent and Baby Volunteer

Roots of Empathy 

Roots of Empathy is a programme for primary school children. The programme’s aim is to increase empathy - the ability to understand how another person feels. Children learn to care for and respect each other, which leads to a reduction in bullying and aggression.

At the heart of the programme are a neighbourhood baby and parent who visit the classroom every three weeks over the school year. This year there is also a second option to engage with the programme virtually due to Covid and to accommodate individual contexts and circumstances.

Roots of Empathy currently needs parent and baby volunteers to take part in both our virtual and face to face traditional programmes.

Here's how it works:

  • Babies must be between 2 and 4 months old between October/November 2021 and January 2022.
  • Some of our programmes will be starting in October/November 2021 and some in January 2022, and will continue through to the end of the school year - we ask families to commit to the entire programme.
  • Parents need to agree to and ensure they have the ability to share photos and videos with the class (GDPR guidelines will be followed) if they are engaging with the virtual programme.
  • Parents may be invited to join the classroom on a virtual platform (Teams, Zoom etc.) with their baby, where technology is available in both the parents’ home and the classroom, giving the students an opportunity to ask questions of the parent and observe the parent and baby interaction.
  • The programme helps children to learn about a baby’s needs and how babies develop, and lets children observe the loving relationship between a parent and baby.


For More Information:

Read full details of the Roots of Empathy Programme in this information leaflet.

Please fill in the form below to sign up you and your baby as volunteers on the Roots of Empathy programme.

Email [email protected] if you would like more information.

Register Your Interest

Note: for the virtual programme you will need to have the facility to share photos, stories, videos and engage in live classroom chat sessions on an online platform with the school class.