Save the Children – Families Connect Intervention Programme
Families Connect programme summary
Save the Children is committed to ensuring that every child reaches their full potential. Evidence tells us that a positive home learning environment contributes to a child’s readiness to learn and has a positive impact on children’s educational outcomes. Many families have told us they would like to support their children in their learning but do not know how or do not have the confidence or assurance that what they are doing is helpful. Based on this feedback Save the Children has developed Families Connect to provide guidance to parents and carers and support them to create a home environment that enhances and promotes learning.
The programme provides a series of activities, techniques and games parents and carers can practise with their children, whilst in the home environment and during the course of their regular day. The programme recognises the role parents play in the education of their children and the value in creating a home environment that is conducive to learning. Families Connect is unique in that it focuses on three key areas:
1. Social and emotional development 2. Literacy and language development
3. Numeracy and mathematics
Each of the eight workshops uses play as the vehicle for learning and interaction with parents and between parents and their children. No other family learning programme provides support in these three areas.
The intended long term effects of Families Connect are that children will have a greater chance of achieving their potential and doing better at school as their parents will do more in the home to support their education. We will do this by developing the skills and confidence of the parents and carers who take part in Families Connect, and provide them with the resources needed to actively engage their children in learning in the home.
Intended outcomes for children:
• Improvements in child's softer skills in regards to education and motivation to learn • Improvements in child's social and emotional skills • Improvements in child's communication skills • Improvements in child's interest in and understanding of literacy and numeracy
Intended outcomes for parents:
• Improvements in parent/child communication • Increase in understanding and empathy for their child's learning • Increase in parental motivation to support their child's learning • Increase in parent's confidence in supporting their child's learning • Increase in communication between parents and school
Intended outcomes for schools:
• Increase in parental engagement in the school community (including social capital) • Strengthening of relationships between the school and parents • Positive changes within the school environment