Readiness to learn – supporting parents to establish home learning

Another one in my ‘too read file’ – and this one was really worth the effort. Its finding are quite hopeful in that it highlights that sometimes small changes in practise, culture and thinking can potentially have big impacts.

This is the report of a  major study, released earlier this month, which examined how nurseries and other early years settings can better support parents wanting to develop their children’s learning at home.

The Family and Parenting Institute, in partnership with the Campaign for Learning, conducted the study to identify which strategies are most effective in supporting parents to give their child the strongest educational start in life.

The findings identify best practice, help quantify the benefits of support to parents, and offer suggestions about how to make best use of resources at a time of financial constraint.

The study, named Provider Influence on the Home Learning Environment, was commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (now the Department for Education) and released on July 4, 2011.

You can read the study here.

Thanks to Anne Rooney Planning Manager at Midlothian Council for highlighting this report