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Supporting home learning

The Education Secretary Damian Hinds is hosting a summit bringing together nearly 100 businesses, charities and public organisations on the ‘home learning environment’. Disadvantaged families will benefit from extra support to nurture their child’s early development at home, thanks to multi-million pound projects launching today (Wednesday 14 November).

Organisations will get a share of the funding to boost parents’ confidence with learning at home, drawing on data that shows a lack of skill or fear of embarrassment can discourage them from interacting in this way. Grants will also go towards improving the training available for professionals working with young children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Alongside this, the Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed that a £20 million programme of training for early years staff in disadvantaged areas will support children’s early language, literacy and numeracy skills, benefitting up to 60,000 pre-school age children.

PACEY is delighted to part of this initiative, thanks to the DfE grant funding, that will support the charity to deliver its Together for Twos project.

The project will provide national and direct local interventions to:

  • Grow the number of disadvantaged families taking up the early years entitlement with childminders
  • Grow numbers of childminders offering the early years entitlement
  • Increase number of delivery partnerships between schools, nurseries and childminders in target areas.

Liz Bayram, PACEY Chief Executive comments:
“All families, disadvantaged or not, can struggle to balance work and caring responsibilities with the need to spend quality time playing with, reading to or simply having quality conversations with their children. Anything that helps make this easier is to be applauded" 

“These initiatives must complement and build on the excellent support families already receive from those working with families and their young children in local communities. Every parent wants the best for their child, and targeted advice from trusted professionals will have an important part to play in making government’s stated ambition a reality."

Liz Bayram continued, “Building on our successful work to support more families to consider childminding and more childminders to consider offering an early education place, PACEY welcomes the funding we will receive to work with disadvantaged families in target local authority areas to support them to better understand how accessing early education will benefit their child. As part of this, we will give parents the chance to meet local childminders and use their two-year-old funding to experience the unique support childminders can offer. The programme will work in partnership with Job Centre Plus to inform more parents of how childminding can meet their childcare needs and, in doing so, encourage some to consider childminding as a career.”

PACEY is attending today’s home learning summit to ensure proposals being developed recognise the work registered childcare settings already do as part of the EYFS framework.

Read more about the awarded grants.