Family Learning is learning that takes place with children and their parents, carers, and friends. Adults can learn from doing fun activities with their children, and this can help children to achieve more from school.
How can you become involved in Family Learning at the Children’s Centre?
The Children’s Centre provides a range of activities for you to have fun with your children, whilst supporting their learning and development through play activities, in readiness for further learning at school.
How important is Family Learning?
- Children spend 85% of their waking hours outside of school.
- At 6 years old we have learned 50% of our vocabulary.
- Seven year olds who had been given books at nine months achieved results 20% higher than other children in national English, Mathematics and Science tests.
- We learn at the fastest rate in the first ten years of life.
- One third of parents are worried about helping their child with homework in case they ‘get it wrong’.
- 41% of parents want to know how to help their children with mathematics.
- A report written by Charles Desforges (for DfES, 2003) showed that learning at home was the biggest influence on achievement of children aged 3 to 7.
How can children learn at home?
Reading, library visits, playing with letters, numbers and shapes, painting and drawing, learning through play, letters of the alphabet, nursery rhymes and singing, all help children to learn. Whilst children learn to read at school, it is often the family that encourages this interest.
Parents may be uncertain about helping their children with homework because of their own English and Maths. However having fun in encouraging, and supporting children to learn at home, can benefit their learning’ (Campaign for Learning, 2013, p1).
Campaign for Learning (2013) What is Family Learning’ [s.l] Campaign for learning