We were delighted to secure the tender in Feb 2020 for the Family Learning Scotland (FLS) programme set out in the Programme for Government. The aim is to 'help parents gain new skills and take up learning and training – integrated with the expansion of early learning and childcare, to allow parents to build on their skills and gain better work'.
In this video clip, Maree Todd, Minister for Children and Young People in the Scottish Government, talks about the purpose of Family Learning Scotland (and wishes Peeple happy birthday, in our 25th year).
This two-year contract involves training and supporting 432 nursery practitioners nationally, to use the Peep Learning Together Programme (LTP) and the Peep Progression Pathway (parent accreditation). Practitioners will be trained from all 32 local authority areas, including the Equity and Excellence Leads. The number of practitioners to be trained in each local authority has been determined by the number of nurseries in the 20% most deprived areas (plus one each in Orkney, Shetland and Na h-Eileanan Siar).
update 12th March 2021 - one year on from the launch
We've now trained 279 practitioners from 24 local authorities to use the Peep Learning Together Programme as part of the FLS. The remaining practitioners will complete their LTP training by the end of June 2021. The training has been online due to Covid, but has gone really well:
'The online training, and the personal connection between delegates and trainers, went above and beyond my expectations… I am now feeling really inspired to go off and make a difference' Equity and Excellence Lead
'Very worthwhile course, can’t wait to get started within my setting. Really informative and interesting. Would recommend to other fellow practitioners.' Senior Early Years Officer, Falkirk
The LTP-trained practitioners have also started being trained to use the Peep Progression Pathway, so they can offer nationally recognised units for parents and carers as learners, at SCQF levels 3, 4 and 5. This training is self-paced via Microsoft Sway (with a follow-up conversation) so we can make headway and enable all 432 places to be taken up by September 2021.
Every local authority has a mentor from the Peep FLS team to offer support in planning, implementation and embedding of the programme. A community of practice is established and gaining momentum through the use of Facebook group, WhatsApp and online meetings.
As a result of the success of the FLS programme, several local authorities have chosen to buy further training places and/or Peep resources, and communicate a strategic view to the roll-out of the FLS programme.
The Scottish Government's official launch of Family Learning Scotland took place in Midlothian on 12th March 2020. The event was attended by Children's Minister Maree Todd, who joined in a Peep group session and chatted with families, practitioners, co-ordinators and Peeple CEO Sally Smith.
This is a project which will give Peeple a national profile in Scotland. Our success in gaining the tender is a reflection of the great work that we have been developing, seeing and supporting in Scotland and the rest of the UK over many years, and the quality of the Peep Learning Together Programme and Peep Progression Pathway training.
Thank you for your enthusiasm and your support of Peeple. You are welcome to contact us to discuss the FLS project and/or future training - email: email@example.com.