ParentChild+

Venue: Programme for families with a 2 year old in Nottingham and South Yorkshire.
Dates:
Ongoing

ParentChild+ is our early learning programme for families with 2 -4 years; we support families to improve their home learning environment so children are ready for school. Taking a free toy and book each week, trained volunteers model with parents how to play and read with their child 

Coronavirus update

At Family Lives we believe that our services are needed more than ever in the current crisis; we know that many families are experiencing even more challenges.We are committed to supporting our families, and while we cannot visit homes at the moment, the support we usually offer through home visiting and befriending is continuing by phone or video.

This highly successful programme has been delivered in the USA for over 50 years. Children who have been through this programme:

  • are 50% more likely to measure ready for school
  • enter school performing 10 months above their chronological age 

How does it work?

Our Early Learning Home Visitors visit families for half an hour, twice a week. The programme lasts for 15 months with 92 visits providing 46 free toys and books to each family. We work alongside parents to demonstrate how to increase verbal and non-verbal interactions, develop positive behaviours and encourage early literacy skills. Parents learn how to become their child’s first teacher; children are then ready for school and do well in their education, which sets them up for positive futures. 

In South Yorkshire, we’re delivering the ParentChild+ programme in the four Local Authorities of South Yorkshire (Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley). Funded by the Education Endowment Foundation it starting in May 2019 and is part of a significant national research project looking into the most effective means of preparing vulnerable children for school. A team from the University of York and Durham University are evaluating the programme as part of a Randomised Control Trial. 

In each Local Authority we are delivering ParentChild+ to around 40 families and recruiting a further 40 for the control group. Our Coordinator and three Home Visitors in each area work closely with Early Years teams and practitioners. 

ParentChild+ is an ideal programme for those families who are not accessing the free two-year-old childcare entitlement, as a transition into attending nursery or as an alternative for those children who are at risk of entering school significantly behind their peers.

Get in touch

We are no longer recruiting for this programme in South Yorkshire but if you want to find out more about ParentChild+ get in touch with carolinef@familylives.org.uk