Peeple is a charity, and we always intended that Peep Learning Together sessions should be free to families. We don’t want any families to be excluded because of cost. Until recently this has not been a problem - most Peep-trained practitioners have been employed within the public or voluntary sectors, and have been funded to deliver the Learning Together Programme to all families free of charge.
However, times have changed and austerity has led to cuts in our sector. This has meant that there is very little funding available for the universal provision of parenting and family support programmes – and that even targeted services have been affected.
Not surprisingly, we are sometimes asked if Peep-trained practitioners can charge families to attend, on a not-for-profit basis. We ask that you look for other sources of funding first. We understand though that you may need to put together a sensitive, voluntary charging plan, which would enable those unable to pay to still access sessions.
We have also had enquiries from practitioners who want to offer Peep Learning Together sessions to families on a self-employed basis. We are not currently set up to support this, but we will be exploring whether to develop a licensing model which would be in keeping with our charitable aims, ensure quality and fulfil legal requirements. For now though, we recommend that you contact local organisations, to see if they will either fund you to deliver Peep sessions for them on a sessional basis (i.e. paid per session) or on a voluntary basis. This could be via your local authority (e.g. children's or family centres, libraries, schools or early years settings etc) or a local charity (e.g. HomeStart).
Please let us know if you’d like us to update you on any changes in the future, and do get in touch if you have any other questions.