Early Learning Initiative - Josephine Bleach


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Empowering the Community
to Teach the Child
An Integrated Approach to Tackling Educational Disadvantage

Presentation by Josephine Beach, Early Learning Initiative

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Early Learning Initiative - Josephine Bleach

  1. 1. Empowering Parents Dr Josephine Bleach 13-07-12
  2. 2. Early Learning Initiative Provides learning support programmes, which enables positive educational change in the local community Works collaboratively with local educators to improve teaching and learning Uses community action research
  3. 3. Open, caring, respectful relationships Collaboration with community organisations which includes networking by familiesParental involvement in Parental involvement Home-service the home curriculum in services communicationThe basic obligations of Parental involvement The basic obligationsfamilies, which included in services particularly of services whichbuilding positive home as volunteers and primarily revolve aroundconditions that support audiences at events home-servicelearning and behaviour communications Parental involvement These includeParental involvement in in decision-making, Children’s progresslearning activities at home governance and Events and activities advocacy Policies & procedures
  4. 4. Home is the place where language, social skills, moral values and citizenship are taught (Macbeth 1994; Wolfendale 2000) The Home Learning Environment is a powerful influence on children’s educational and social development (Melhuish 2011)
  5. 5. Priority (N=27)
  6. 6. Vocabulary (3 years) It’s during the first three years of life that thinking structures are being built into the brain. Open Questions Child Typical Interaction Equal Discussion (WHY?) Hears Pretend Play10m One word direction with non- Stop children from exploringwords verbal signal– ‘bathroom’ language or their world twice for every one time they encourage them30m Identify stimulus – ‘Your hands Encourage children to explorewords are dirty’ language and their world five Provide the meaning – ‘We’re times more than they stop it. going to eat’ Suggest a strategy – ‘So go wash your hands’
  7. 7. National Children’s Strategy2000Goals:Strong community based response — Inclusive & non-stigmatising – Local plansEmphasis on prevention and early interventionIntegrated and easily accessed supports andservices – Closer working relationships – More innovative approaches
  8. 8. Supports and Services Information and advice Home Visiting Programmes Parent Toddler Groups Parenting Courses Early years care and education services Schools Health, therapies and other services Family and adult support services
  9. 9. Parental Capital Financial Educational (GUI) Interpersonal/social Intrapersonal/emotion al Cultural
  10. 10. Sources of support and N % advice Family 198 78 Grandparents 170 67 (89-91% GIU) Partner 162 64 Child’s teacher 159 63 Friends 136 54 Their children 107 42 Other parents 107 42 Books 95 37 Parenting courses 65 26 School principal 58 23 Newspapers and magazines 51 20 Television 46 18 The Church 43 17 Neighbours 36 14 Public health nurse 34 13 Doctor 31 12 Internet 23 9 Home school teachers 13 5 Social workers 11 4 Gardai 7 3 Therapist 7 3
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