We have teamed up with local primary school Divine Mercy to support them in engaging parents of children in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The school would like students to develop short video style resources to help parents in supporting their preschool and early years children with skills development; especially with literacy and numeracy.
Recent MMU Graduate in Early Years and Childhood Studies, Leanne Clarke, will lead the project. The school are working towards guidelines for child development during this phase laid out by Department for Education in this document:
Leanne is interested in developing these resources by working with the children and their families to identify and represent daily activities which can be incorporated into learning through play. This project will also support parental engagement with their child’s education which is demonstrated to have positive effects on achievement (Desforges, 2003). Further, utilising ICT has been shown to support parental engagement (See: DFE report 2010 –https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/182508/DFE-RR156.pdf). Therefore, in experimenting creatively with mobile videos this project is innovative in its educational context.
Partner Name: Various – Divine Mercy Primary School
Supervising Tutor: Dr Juliette Wilson
We are soon to meet with the families at local family centres, so if you are interested in taking part get in touch.
Contact us as edlab @ mmu.ac.uk or juliette.wilson @ mmu.ac.uk
Also, there are at least 38 languages spoken at the school by children so if you speak on of these languages please get in touch:
Romanian / Romani
Partner name: Primary Schools
Keywords: Parental Engagement, Numeracy, Literacy, Mobile Video Resources, Learning through Play, EAL, Primary, EYFS
Tutor: Juliette Wilson