We were delighted that the Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds and Minister for Early Years, Nadhim Zahawi, joined families in a Peep session recently. They were able to gain first-hand experience of how the Peep Learning Together Programme supports parents/ carers and their young children with learning in day-to-day life.
The Peep group was delivered by practitioners at Rothesay Nursery, Luton recently, who are part of the wider Learning Together study to evaluate the Peep Learning Together Programme with 3-4 year olds in nursery classes. This is a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) funded by the Early Education Foundation and evaluated by Queens University, Belfast.
Parents were enthusiastic about Peep, talking about the progress their children have made with their communication and language, and about their own improved confidence when interacting with their children at home. This fits really well with Luton’s pregnancy to five Flying Start strategy, whose three main outcomes reflect some of the Peeple principles and Learning Together strands. Both Flying Start and Peeple aim to provide an easy way to:
Support improved birth outcomes and encourage healthy diet and lifestyles for babies, young children and their families.
Support healthy bonding between parents and their babies and young children.
Improve babies’ and young children’s communication and language skills.
The ministers’ visit coincided with the announcement of new government funding to promote social mobility and the Home Learning Environment. The government’s commitment to this aim is very much welcomed - it has been the main focus for Peeple and the Peep Learning Together Programme for over 20 years. We recently published the ‘Home matters’ report in collaboration with the National Literacy Trust, NCT and the Foundation Years Trust, emphasising the importance of the home learning environment, and offering effective guidance and support to practitioners.