Working Parents Programmes

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We were the first organisation to introduce Maternity Coaching into UK businesses…in 2005! That’s more than a decade of Parental Transition Coaching (we recognised very early on that we needed to change the name) making us pioneers and leaders in this field.

We work with many leading organisations, helping to improve their talent pipeline and realise their diversity strategies. We help companies provide comprehensive support to new parents, with proven positive impact on the attraction, retention and development of key individuals. We are also able to support the well-being of new parents at a potentially vulnerable point in their lives.
ECC research on returners has shown that the manager relationship is highly significant. 87% of respondents rated their manager as being the most important factor in determining their successful return.

Additionally, 93% of parental coachees surveyed agreed that managers should be coached as part of their transition process. Our manager programmes give managers the confidence to handle their team member’s transition to becoming a parent with empathy and insight.

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98% Said

The coaching programme contributed positively to my wellbeing


86% Said

The coaching has made me feel more positive about my future at the organisation

Retention Rates

A leading investment bank saw its female retention rates rise from 70% to over 90% following the introduction of parental transition coaching.

94% Said

As a result of my employer ​providing parental coaching​ I feel more valued ​by my organisation


90% Said

By providing parental coaching, my organisation shows it is committed to developing me as an employee

Investing in your working parents & managers = Investing in your future

Our Parental Transition programmes are designed to help expectant or new working parents to successfully manage their journey to parenthood in the context of their professional lives.

Whether you are a mother or a father expecting a baby or managing one of your direct reports going through this transition, our coaches are here to ease the transition and provide valuable support throughout the process.

We are also able to provide support to those parents adopting or going through surrogacy.

For our Manager Programme, whether you are a manager with years of experience managing parental leavers or you are new to this experience, having the opportunity to talk about the transition is critical to ensuring its success as everyone reacts in very different ways. The manager programme lets managers air their concerns and outline their approach to managing their direct reports transition with a coach who has specialist knowledge in this area and can provide appropriate support and challenge.

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Over 24 months, participants on ECC parental programmes are almost ​5x more likely to take on extra responsibilities or be promoted;​ 53% (parents coached) vs only 11% (parents not coached)​

How it Works

For our Parental Transition Programme & Manager Programme we provide three different delivery mechanisms to choose from, often recommending a blended learning approach which combines these methods to suit the needs of all employees, ensuring that an inclusive and flexible programme is in place.


Parental Transition Programme

1:1 coaching

This is a highly effective programme of 3-5 sessions of independent and confidential executive coaching designed to support individuals as they consider all key aspects of a successful parental transition.

Workshops / Webinars

Workshops or webinars are effective where you have several individuals going through the transition at a similar point in time. We offer workshops / webinars for each stage of the transition. These sessions are designed to be informal and interactive and give participants time to reflect and plan.

Manager Programme

1:1 Manager Coaching

  • Two 1:1 coaching sessions, one before they leave and one afterwards
  •  Confidential sessions allowing for psychological and practical discussions
  • Up to date best practice and advice from the coach
  • Managers get the chance to discuss personal development of their team member given the changing context.

Workshops & Webinars

  • 60-90-minute sessions, face to face or 1-hour webinar
  •  The opportunity to share experiences of managing the impact of a leaver on their team with other managers
  •  Discuss practical matters of communication, handover, wider team implications
  • Managers learn best practice and latest thinking in the sphere of managing parents, flexible working and changing attitudes to careers.


Parental transition coaching helps organisations to retain and crucially develop the talents of individuals during the pivotal life change of becoming a parent, helping them to a smoother re-entry into their organisation.

It addresses the gender pay gap by tackling the maternity penalty that women can experience and enables organisations to develop role models who inspire and lead the way.

Investing in these programmes demonstrates your active commitment to mothers and fathers and helps to position organisations as being ahead of the curve in supporting working parents. 98% of our clients coachees who have received Parental Transition Coaching would recommend this programme to others.

Research, together with our experience of working with thousands of parents, has shown the significance of the manager’s role in ensuring a successful parental transition. In a City survey of parental coachees, 93% agreed that managers should also be coached as part of their transition process.

Through this programme managers better understand the impact that they have on the retention and development of their direct reports. They have the opportunity and time to focus on the pending departure or imminent return of their employee and the part they can play in managing this transition successfully for both the individual and the team. 100% of the managers we have coached would recommend this programme to others.


    Want to get in touch with our team? Please email info@executive‑ or call us on +44 20 7795 6556