Learning Links (EFICL)

Ideal for
Parents, Families, Children’s Centres, Foster Carers, Early Years and Childcare provisions and practitioners

Outline
Learning Links is a 10 week (two hour session once a week) programme. Delivered by highly experienced practitioners, that are knowledgeable and skilled in child development and enhancing family involvement in children’s learning.

The focus of Learning Links is to promote a non-deficit model of parenting by sharing key child development concepts and philosophies adopted in Early Years practice, and share useful tools for parents and carers to help them further understand and support their child’s developmental dispositions to learning and fascinations.

This co-delivered programme will develop practitioners’ skills in working more effectively with parents and to recognise that “the parents specialised knowledge of their own child can stimulate our thinking and is tremendously valid part of our professional development” (Whalley 2007).

The programme will develop sustained dialogue with parents about children’s interests, needs and fears and through sharing this information, the rich knowledge and joint understanding developed between parents and practitioners, will assist each child in reaching their full potential.

Outcomes
Proven outcomes for parents and practitioners from previous Learning Links programmes delivered in Kent:  

Parents felt better equipped to support their children’s involvement and increase their levels of well-being, therefore promoting a climate for deep level learning

Parents described feeling more relaxed and able to trust their children in their explorations and discoveries, as well as being able to provide more appropriate opportunities and activities

Parents gained a deeper understanding of the acquisition of language and the links to early literacy opportunities

Parents described a new level of interaction and ‘being’ with their child

Practitioners found the weekly sessions of great benefit in building confidence and developing their skills in effective communication

Practitioners found it a valuable experience spending time listening to parents sharing their children’s experiences and gaining deeper understanding of the valuable learning that occurs within the home environment

Practitioners stated how useful it was to be in the same learning environment as the parents,  enabling them to discuss schemas with other parents and how valuable it is to share philosophies and theories with parents in order to work more effectively together

Practitioners had found, following parents’ attendance on the programme, they had become more conversant and informative about their children when they came into the Early Years setting.

Duration
10 week programme, two hour sessions weekly

Delivery Options

*The maximum number of delegates for both group training and CPD Online training is restricted to 12.

Face to face training supported by the EFICL Toolkit.

Please contact threadsofsuccess@theeducationpeople.org for costs of this programme.