Kirstie Allsopp
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Kirstie Allsopp: Parenting 'isn't rocket science'

David Cameron has dismissed claims that a new scheme to teach parenting skills amount to a 'nanny state'.

Mums and dads in three pilot areas in England can get vouchers for parenting classes and will also have advice sent by email and text.

Mother-of-two Kirstie Allsopp, who is an ambassador for the parenting charity Home-Start, told Newsnight it is difficult for some people to be good parents, because they didn't have good parents themselves.

Dr Ellie Lee, Director of Parenting Studies at the University of Kent, joined her on the programme.

  • 19 May 2012