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Radio interview in Punjabi with Peep practitioner and musician: Nuzhat Abbas

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Nuzhat Abbas is a Peep Practitioner who works for Peeple in Oxford. She is also an internationally recognised poet and musician.

During a recent visit to Australia she was interviewed on HAAN JI Punjabi Radio in Sydney. She talked about her work with Peeple, Peep Learning Together resources in Urdu and Punjabi, and about her own poetry and short stories.

In this clip she is talking in Punjabi about Peeple, the importance of the Home Learning Environment and explains about day-to-day learning using the ORIM Framework.

Find out more about Nuzhat's songs, loris and stories on CD/mp3/booklet or email info@peeple.org.uk for any further information.

Little Peeple Nursery - rated Good in Ofsted inspection

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The inspector was very positive about the warm relationships and learning through play within the nursery, during our first Ofsted inspection.

'Staff ensure that children have lots of fun while also learning and developing new skills.'   Read more, or find out about booking a place for your child.

We need to prioritise services for children - open letter to political parties from 140+ children's organisations

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We are joining 140+ organisations in a call to all political parties to put children and young people at the heart of this General Election.  We need to re-balance spending so that more can be done to support families early, before  crisis point is reached. 
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Peep in Australia - helping to improve children's Early Development outcomes

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Benalla, a city in Victoria, has been using Peep and a strong collaborative, multi-agency approach over the past few years to make a significant difference to young children's outcomes, espcially their communication skills and their physical health.  Read more...

BBC Starting Primary School - Tips for families

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BBC Starting Primary School website - snapshotBBC Bitesize have been busily adding to their Starting Primary School collection of info and tips to support young children, before and during their first few months at school. It includes contributions from our own Helen Stroudley, Peeple Early Years Consultant, including practical tips on toilet training, boosting children's learning in everyday life and developing independence skills. You can still hear Helen and Vibha (a parent of siblings with different responses to starting school) sharing tips and promoting the campaign on BBC Sounds Woman’s Hour podcast (from 32 minutes in, to 49 mins).

There's an excellent interactive game to play with your child to prepare for them starting Primary School.

Watch a trailer for the campiagn here (see if you can spot Helen's one liner).

@bbcbitesize  #StartingPrimarySchool  bbc.co.uk/startingprimaryschool

Peep in Inverness Prison: enabling dads to bond with their babies - and gain qualification units - while in prison

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“I gained useful skills through the programme that will help me day-to-day when I’ve been released from prison. It gave me a better understanding of parenting and what can help my child.”

Find out how the Peep Progression Pathway is enabling fathers in Inverness Prison to bond, play and learn with their baby or young child, and to reflect on this in their portfolios - read more

Great North Swim 8 June - help us raise money for Peeple (without getting wet!)

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CEO Sally Smith and children - Great North Swimmers!On Saturday 8 June 2019, our CEO Sally Smith and her 3 children will be swimming across Lake Windermere to help raise money for our Peep Imagination Library Appeal

Having books at home gives babies and young children a flying start in learning to talk and read. It makes a lasting difference to their love of stories and books and their confidence as a reader. However, not all families can afford to buy books and not all parents are confident to share books with their children. In partnership with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, we send a free book each month to 554 children aged 0-4 who live in the Leys in south Oxford where we are based, and we also offer ideas and activities to support families' book-sharing. 

We urgently need funds to enable us to continue this valuable work. If you'd like to support the Appeal through Sally and her family - from a dry distance - then please donate now. Thank you!

Official opening of our Little Peeple Nursery in Oxford - Sat 11th May 2019

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Families, Nigel and Baby Bear in the Nursery gardenOur Little Peeple Nursery in Littlemore, Oxford was officially opened by our local MP Anneliese Dodds, on Saturday 11 May. In her words: "I am delighted to have been invited to the official opening of Little Peeple Nursery. I'm pleased to see that Peeple works collaboratively with other agencies, including childminders and the local children and family centres, to provide much-needed support for young families in Littlemore and the Leys."

Thanks to all the local families and friends of Peeple who came (and brought the sun!), including Nigel from CBeebies' The Baby Club, and special guest Baby Bear.

Cutting the ribbon - L-R CEO Sally, Chair of Trustees Mark, MP Anneliese and Childcare Manager LindseyLittle Peeple is a 44-place day nursery and pre-school providing early education and care for babies and young children from 6 months to four years. It's a new, purpose-built setting on the site of The Oxford Academy, built as a joint project between the school, the County Council and Peeple. It is run by Peeple, a charity which has been providing support for families with young children in The Leys, Rose Hill and Littlemore since 1995.

Lindsey Hart manages the nursery: “We are here to support parents, carers and children to learn together by valuing and building on the wonderful job that parents already do. Whether you are returning to work, preparing your child for school or want your child to socialise with other children, we are here to work with you to meet the needs of you and your child.”

The Oak Room, Little Peeple NurseryDr Sally Smith, Peeple CEO: “We want Little Peeple to offer children a home from home. We are open to all families from the community and to staff at the Oxford Academy. We are particularly pleased to provide opportunities for the students to gain work experience with us – they are the parents of the future!”

Please get in touch if you'd like to visit another time or arrange a place for your child to attend: t 01865 397972  or e littlepeeplenursery@peeple.org.uk.  Little Peeple Nursery, Northfield Close, Littlemore, Oxford OX4 4NH.

The Baby Club - for parents too - is being repeated on Cbeebies during May

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The Baby Club - Giovanna, Nigel and Baby Bear!The Baby Club, Cbeebies' first programme for parents (as well as babies and children!) - was a hit with families when first shown in March - so is now being repeated. Our very own Helen Stroudley, along with colleagues from the Foundation Years Trust and the University of Sheffield, were proud to be consultants on this ground-breaking show - read more

Visit to Midlothian Peep group by Minister for Children and Young People Maree Todd

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Midlothian Peep group with Minister for Children and Young PeoplePeep practitioners and families in Midlothian welcomed Maree Todd, the Minister for Children and Young People, and two of her colleagues to their Peep group this week. The session focus was on ‘helping children to feel good about themselves’. Parents' achievements were also celebrated - one of the parents was moving on to paid work as a Peep leader with Midlothian Council. Thanks to all the staff and families at Newtongrange Nursery who were involved, and to the visitors for taking time to come along and join in with the singing and discussions.

Peep in Nottingham - supporting the city's focus on early intervention

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Nottingham Peep group MP visit

Families and Children's Centre practitioners in Nottingham welcomed local MP Alex Norris and Councillor Mellor to their 'Peep Watch me grow' baby group. Both visitors have a particular interest in supporting parents in the early years, so were keen to hear about Nottingham children's centres' work in the Peep baby groups, Peep Inbetweenies and Peep Getting ready for nursery sessions. Parents shared their enthusiasm, both for the ideas and information shared during the sessions, and for the friendships that they and their children have made. 
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Urdu leaflet - Introduction to ORIM

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 Peep ORIM handout - in UrduIf you or families you work with are Urdu-speakers, then do download or share our new ORIM leaflet in Urdu. It describes four practical ways that parents and carers support their children’s learning and development: Opportunities, Recognition, Interaction and Modelling. Read more...

 

Education Secretary Damian Hinds and Children's Minister Nadhim Zahawi attend a Peep group in Luton

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Education Secretary and Children's Minister visit Luton Peep group

We were delighted that the Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds and Minister for Early Years, Nadhim Zahawi, joined parents and children in their Peep group in Rothesay Nursery, Luton recently. The visit coincided with their 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.

Early intervention symposium with Kate, Duchess of Cambridge

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Kate, Duchess of YorkOn Wednesday 21st March, The Duchess of Cambridge will convene a symposium on the importance of early intervention to provide solid social and emotional platforms for children in their early years, helping them to become healthier and more resilient later in life. It's great that this important issue is receiving high-profile recognition.

Our CEO, Sally Smith, has been invited to attend. This follows on from a roundtable discussion that Sally was part of earlier in March with the Duchess of Cambridge, and Oxford-based charities Family Links and Oxpip, on the importance of supporting families during a child’s early years. This is all part of the Royal Foundation's involvement in raising awareness about mental health. 

New DfE-funded report 'Home matters' published by the National Literacy Trust, NCB, Foundation Years Trust & Peeple

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Our joint report focuses on the importance of supporting the home learning environment at a strategic and practical level, and on the range of ways that were put into practice as part of this project. It emphasises the need to raise awareness about how simple but effective it is to enhance the home learning environment. Read more or please read and share the report 'Home matters'.

Peep Learning Together Programme Training for practitioners - next dates

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> Check dates and book a place - A two-day course to build on your skills and understanding in supporting parents/carers with their children's learning and development from birth to school, using the Peep Learning Together programme (LTP), including online access to the complete Programme (74 topics with 200+ session plans etc).

Peeple's response to government's 'Transforming children and young people's mental heath provision' green paper

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The UK government asked for peoples' views on it's green paper 'Transforming Children and Young People's Mental Health Provision'. There is concern amongst some charities and experts in child development that the paper, which will influence government policy, ignores the impact of childhood adversity and social deprivation. Psychologists for Social Change have written an open letter detailing their concerns about the Green paper.
> Here is Peeple's response.

Paloma Faith - babies and 'truths'

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You might be one of the half a million people who’ve seen the clip of a recent interview with Paloma Faith talking about the realities of motherhood. Her experiences make a great case for the importance of groups like Peep, both for creating a safe space to talk openly about the highs and lows of being a parent with people who understand what you’re going through, and also to share child development information and ideas (including the fact that babies CAN see from birth, contrary to Paloma’s misunderstanding…). Follow the link for Peeple's take on it.

Singing across the generations

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Find out about Susannah's Chambers presentation on singing across the generations at the University of Portsmouth's Organisational Storytelling seminar - including the benefits of singing for people with dementia, and how Peep groups with older people can be a win-win for everyone. Susannah is the Project Manager for the Learning Together Study

Short ORIM film

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The Peep Learning Together Programme is based on the ORIM Framework. ORIM stands for Opportunities, Recognition, Interaction and a Model. It provides a way of working with parents which recognises and values all they already do, and then extends these things to support parents to do more. The guiding principle is that all parents provide the four elements of ORIM and that once this is recognised and celebrated, they can be encouraged to do so more meaningfully, purposely and frequently.

The ORIM film shares the origins of the ORIM Framework and how it is used to support children and families. 

Minister for childcare and early years launches early intervention fund report at baby peep group

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A report announced today highlights the tremendous achievements of over 100 Scottish charities working with children, young people, families and communities. In just a 12-month period, over 1 million people have been helped thanks to a £15m Scottish Government Fund. This has been administered and supported by the Corra Foundation, one of Scotland’s leading grant-makers whose vision is for a society in which people create positive change and enjoy fulfilling lives.

 Mr Mark McDonald, Minister for Childcare and Early Years launched the report at a Baby Peep Learning Together group at Mayfield Nursery, Midlothian.

Dr Sally Smith (CEO, Peeple) said ‘The Fund has been vital in increasing our capacity to support home learning, parental employability and to develop the early years workforce across Scotland.  It is wonderful, through local partnerships, to support children and their families to have the best possible start.’

Mr McDonald stated, ‘Tackling inequality and creating opportunities for all are at the heart of this government’s ambition to create a fairer Scotland.  The third sector is vital in helping us achieve that ambition. The CYPFEI/ALEC[1] fund’s annual report, published today, demonstrates the diverse range of early intervention and prevention activities that are benefitting thousands of Scotland’s most disadvantaged children, young people, families and communities.’


[1] The Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund

Scottish minister for childcare and early years visits Peep Aberdeen

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In January 2017, Mark McDonald, Minister for Early Learning and Childcare, and MSP for Aberdeen Donside, and Councillor Angela Taylor met with the Aberdeen Peep team and Peep parents, carers and children. Both visitors enjoyed joining in with a Peep Babies group, and learning about the Peep Learning Together Programme. In Aberdeen, the Peep Programme is part of Children and Families Social Work. Examples of local practice include: Peep delivery with parents/carers of care-experienced children; Peep with parents/carers experiencing low mood; and Learning Together Programme training for all Contact Centre staff.

Peep Learning Together Programme highlighted in Education Scotland's Review of family learning

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The first Review of Family Learning in Scotland assessed research evidence, case studies and consulted with partners, to see what works well in Scotland, and internationally. The Peep Learning Together Programme and Peep Progression Pathway are included as a case study in the section 'What Excellent Family Learning Looks Like'. 

The Review's Executive Summary defines the significance of Family Learning as 'supporting, equipping and building capacity amongst Scotland’s parents - to capitalise on children’s opportunities for learning is key in raising attainment and closing the poverty-related attainment gap. A family learning approach can also be a catalyst in helping adults take up adult learning and training opportunities, gain employment or attain new skills. This in turn positively impacts on children’s individual attainment, their aspirations and personal learning journey.'  This focus on both the child's learning opportunities and those of the parent - in their own right, as an adult learner - is one which Peeple advocates and demonstrates in Peep delivery.

Supporting the home learning environment in Melbourne

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In February 2017, Sally Smith our CEO, and Peep trainers Marie and Lisa went to Melbourne, Australia to work with the Brotherhood of St Lawrence, an Australian not-for-profit organisation. The Brotherhood are about to pilot a new project called Growing Learners which brings together a number of evidence-based programmes to support some of the most disadvantaged families in the state of Victoria. They conducted an international search for an early intervention programme focusing on the home learning environment which incorporates adult qualifications and employability routes. They reported that only the Peep Learning Together Programme fitted the bill!

Peep in Oz!

Marie takes being 'Down Under' a touch too literally!

The need for accessible quality childcare

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The Family and Childcare Trust and Joseph Rowntree Foundation have published their report: Creating an anti-poverty childcare system. The report contrasts the research evidence and policies - which say that high quality childcare improves outcomes for children - with the reality of our current system which is failing to deliver for the poorest families. The report highlights that:

  • only half of eligible two-year olds receive their entitlement to free childcare in a graduate-led setting (an important indicator of quality)
  • families in the poorest areas are the least likely to have access to flexible childcare, which restricts opportunities for parents to work or access training
  • the system of support for the cost of childcare is complicated for parents and fails to incentivise those on low incomes to work.

The report recommends:

  • investment in a more qualified early years workforce, paid in line with staff in schools who currently earn up to 68 per cent more
  • investment in local services to deliver an entitlement to flexible daycare
  • more of the state subsidies directed at service providers, as the most effective way to deliver access to high quality childcare.

Dr. Sally Smith, Chief Executive of Peeple, welcomes the report. She says:

“There is no question that better quality and more accessible and affordable childcare will directly improve child outcomes and provide the means to allow families to work their way out of poverty. Quality settings also engage effectively with parents to support them with ideas and information about how they can encourage their children’s learning and development as part of everyday life at home – because the home learning environment makes a big difference to how well children do.”

“However quality doesn’t come cheap – early years professionals need excellent training, not just in working with children but also with parents – and they need to be paid fairly. This is simply impossible with the current level of funding for childcare. If the recommendations in this excellent report are to be met, then the Government needs to move beyond its rhetoric about the importance of early years and make a serious investment in our sector.”