‘Research shows that when parents and carers support their children’s learning, and when children live in a stimulating home learning environment, it improves children’s attainment and achievement. Family learning encourages family members to learn together, fostering positive attitudes to lifelong learning’.
The Action Plan provides delivery partners in local authorities, and the private and third sector, with a clear policy and delivery framework in which to build capacity for the expansion of ELC. This vision is underpinned by the principles of Quality, Flexibility, Accessibility and Affordability.
The Peep Learning Together Programme supports the following aims of the Action Plan:
- ensure a high-quality experience for the child; improving outcomes for all children, especially those who benefit most;
- deliver excellence and equity for all children in Scotland;
- close the attainment gap;
- support transitions through ELC settings and into school and enable partnership working. ‘There is a need for clear transition plans to support children through their early-learner journey’;
- increase the flexibility on how the fund is delivered in order to support more parents into work, training or study;
- help support parents to enrich the home learning environment by integrating ELC with the range of family support;
- maximise the contribution of childminders. Childminders who become Peep practitioners gain skills, knowledge and resources to enrich their home learning environment;
- build capacity within the Early Years workforce, developing ‘recruitment and career pathways’ into ELC;
- ensure provision is accessible. Peep practitioners gain skills and resources to build relationships with parents which enable those parents who are reluctant to engage with an educational setting to gain confidence to do so. This film about Peep in Fife shows practitioners sharing some of the skills they have learnt through Peep Learning Together Programme training and delivery and parents speaking about some of the benefits.