working with South Asian families training

aims:  The course will explore:

ways that South Asian languages are used and the importance of the mother tongue – and implications for early learning

ways of using songs (loris) and stories to engage with families about learning

the influence of family, culture and society on young children’s learning – and how practitioners can value and build on different experiences.

who for:  Practitioners whose work with families from South Asian backgrounds involves support the learning and communication of young children. This course will be helpful, whatever your own cultural background, and whether or not you use Peep programmes.

duration: one day: 9.30am – 4pm

training price:  £95 + vat per delegate (including Singing Together in Urdu & Punjabi CD)

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The course was developed by Nuzhat Abbas ­and Dr Alison Street, both of whom have extensive experience of using music, stories and the Peep Learning Together programme with families from a range of cultural backgrounds. This course, and the CD/ songbook Singing Together in Urdu and Punjabi, arose from Action Research projects that Nuzhat and Alison collaborated in with Dr Susan Young at the University of Exeter, and with families and practitioners at children’s centres in Oxford, Birmingham, Bristol, Southampton and Luton: Time to Play (2011) and Music Moves (2012). A short book and CD of Nuzhat's stories for children - 3 in Punjabi and 3 in Urdu, each with their own song - is now available too: Stories and songs in Punjabi and Urdu.

Watch Nuzhat's presentation on the importance of Punjabi families valuing their home language and culture. (Part of a seminar at the Punjabi Mela in Sahiwal, Pakistan in April 2014; in Punjabi with English subtitles; 7 minutes.)

‘Can parents open up their hearts with their children in any other language? …’ – an extract

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‘Can parents open up their hearts with their children in any other language? Can they develop strong bonds with their children by discarding their home language? Can children express themselves easily to their mothers? And why do many children need to go to speech therapists?

Research shows that a child can hear parents’ voices even before birth. A child’s early years are extremely precious to their future growth in life, and their mother tongue plays a vital role in this. Children with a strong command of their home language can easily learn other languages.

Parents can help their children to know and understand the world by talking, listening, sharing stories and songs, and playing games in their own language. With the support of Peeple I have worked with parents on folk stories and lullabies, and shared that work with Punjabi mothers and children. I’m happy to say that the children and mothers who listened to these lullabies and stories together developed better communication and bonding among themselves and with the Punjabi language.’

feedback form course delegates: '‘It made me understand what’s important to families...’ - click to read more...

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‘It made me understand what’s important to families and how to make them feel valued’

‘It makes me more aware of some of the difficulties that Asian women might experience approaching the Centre’

‘Knowing about the different culture and being aware of what and how you can help’

‘The training helped me think about ways of using songs to help our families, and how important their stories are to them and us’

‘It helped my understanding about supporting parents with language barriers’

‘Even though I have experience of working with South Asian families it was all useful’