using orim with families

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In their work with families, Peter Hannon and Cathy Nutbrown (University of Sheffield) noticed that all parents and carers support their children's learning by naturally providing Opportunities, Recognition, Interaction and a Model (ORIM for short!). However, when we (as parents or practitioners) understand how ORIM helps learning, we're more likely to think about and do them more often in everyday life - which helps children's learning even more. And the big difference is NOT how well we ourselves got on at school - but what we do with our children: talking, playing, singing, sharing books and stories, and keeping ORIM in mind.

In Peep programmes, we use ORIM to help practitioners to see and value what parents and carers are already doing to support children's learning.  As parents and practitioners share ideas, they improve the quality of the home learning environment, which research has shown to be so important for children’s later outcomes.

how orim helps families

The more that we as parents and carers know about how children learn and develop, the easier it becomes to:

understand how to make everyday events into learning opportunities 
recognise what counts as progress for our own child, and understand how to scaffold their learning (support them with new things, while they learn to do it themselves)
recognise and value all the little developmental steps on the way to the ‘big’ goals of learning such as talking, reading and writing
recognise and celebrate our child just for being themselves
understand the different ways that we can helpfully interact with our child
appreciate our role as a model for our child/ren.

In Peep groups and outreach sessions around the UK, Ireland and beyond we share lots of ways to support children's learning from the earliest days - contact your local children's or family centre or council to find out what's on locally, or contact us to find out about Peep training for practitioners. 

‘Peep gives you the chance to talk and reflect on everything. It makes you take the time to talk and listen more when sometimes we feel very busy.’

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