Childcare is a significant barrier to many women access English language provision. By combining English skills with play in a non-threatening environment this can quickly build trust and community between parents, children and the facilitators.
Each session seeks to strengthen the relationship between parent and child by working on activities together through craft, role-play, story-telling and games. It focuses on participants who would not normally engage with a child-centred activity, which helps to create a strong foundation in preparation for school.
By the end of the sessions, the adults will have increased confidence in speaking in English in everyday situations and the children will be making progress towards appropriate milestones in line with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.
FaithAction’s Dr Anne Smith, who created both the original Creative English programme as well as the Family Learning programme, found that learning everyday English through fun play-based activities involving the whole family in a safe environment quickly builds trust and community between parents, children and the facilitators. Each session strengthens the relationship between parent and child through craft, role-play, story-telling and games that they partake in together. By focusing participants who would not normally engage with a child-centred activity, it creates a strong foundation in preparation for beginning school.
ELTons Award Nominee 2016
The Creative English Family Learning programme has been shortlisted for a British Council ELTons (English Language Training) Awards for Local Innovation for 2016.
The ELTons are sponsored by Cambridge English and are the only international awards that recognise and celebrate innovation in this field.
The winners will be announced in June.
I really want to thank the ELTons for recognising this programme — it’s great to see adults and children growing in language confidence together on this course. We all benefit from learning through playing! It lays a great foundation for the families and their future schools too. Every Creative English programme is built on an ethos of making people feel included and having fun while learning, and Creative English Family Learning really does that.
— Dr Anne Smith
Pilot Scheme Evaluation
Between March and July of 2015, a pilot of the Family Learning Programme was run by five organisations around the country, with the scheme funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government. In total, six 10-week programmes were run, utilising different methods, and the outcomes of these were used to compile an evaluation of the Family Learning programme. The evaluation report can be read here.
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