Peeple is an early intervention/prevention charity. We aim to improve life chances and close the attainment gap by working with parents and carers to enhance their children’s learning and development from birth. We train approximately 350 practitioners annually to deliver our family learning Peep Learning Together Programme with parents and children aged 0-5. The Programme is based on research, including the Growing Up in Scotland (GUS) study, which tells us that the quality of the home learning environment, family relationships and pre-school provision are key to improving life chances and promoting educational equity.
Robust evaluations have found that the Programme increases parental engagement with their children’s learning and development. The National Improvement Framework (2016) states that ‘Parental and family engagement is a key factor in helping all children achieve the highest standards whilst reducing inequity and closing the attainment gap.’ Along with The National Parenting Strategy (2012) and Building the Ambition, the Framework recognises the role of parents as first educators and that ‘The nurturant qualities of the environments where children grow up, live and learn, parents, caregivers, family and community – will have the most significant impact on their development.’ – National Parenting Strategy