What is Starting Out?

The importance of home learning

Play is key to children’s learning and development.  Starting Out is a highly adaptable resource for Early Years settings, Children’s Centres and Schools that provides simple, fun and effective tools, enabling parents to use the home environment as a learning opportunity for their child.

The programme supports families across the Early Years, by developing parent partnerships, equipping parents with ideas for developing a positive home learning environment and increasing their knowledge about early childhood development, particularly brain development.  The provision of four separate components ensures that families are able to access the best component for them.

Click any of the four Starting Out components below for specific information.

Offered through an Early Years setting as a universal provision.  Parent workshops can be offered to provide information on child development.

Offered through a local Children’s Centre as a targeted service for families that require specific support.

Offered through a local Children’s Centre as an invitation-only targeted service.

Offered though a reception class at school as a universal provision.  Parent workshops can be offered to provide information on child development.

All round opportunities

Whether accessing Activity Sacks through an Early Years provider or School, or enjoying the experience through a Children’s Centre offering Group Sessions or Home Visits, parents are bound to enjoy the increased knowledge and opportunities that come from using Starting Out.

The workshop was fantastic. There were so many dads. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many dads!

Sara Coulter, Assistant Head, Twin Sails Infant School, Dorset


Nursery World Awards 2013 - Highly Commended
Winner of Early Years Award, CYPNow Awards 2014
Provided by Borough of Poole