The Impact

Making a difference through play

You might enjoy introducing new ways to encourage learning through play, but what about the impact?  Does it make a difference?  When Starting Out was developed, we intentionally created a sustainable programme which could be used across the Early Years Foundation Stage.  Starting Out is based on scientific research that emphasises the importance of how children develop during their early years and will help parents understand the pivotal role they play in their child’s development.  Starting Out will also support Practitioners as they track development across the EYFS and celebrate progress through parent partnerships.

There have been encouraging results from pre and post course questionnaires, completed by parents who have engaged with the Starting Out programme, highlighting an increase in confidence and more time spent on key activities with their child.


Research consistently shows that what parents do with their children at home is far more important to their achievement than their social class or level of education.

Professor Charles Desforges with Alberto Abouchaar (2003)
‘The impact of parental involvement, parental support and family education on pupil achievements and adjustment’

Outcomes

Children’s and parent’s outcomes can be supported by the use of Starting Out and we have compiled some of the statistics below.

Numeracy
0%
of parents

are now spending more time on numbers with their child ¹

Reading stories
0%
of parents

are now spending more time sharing stories/rhymes ¹

Literacy
0%
of parents

are now spending more time using letters and numbers ¹

Playing outdoors
0%
of parents

are now spending more time playing outdoors ¹


Messy play
0%
of parents

are now spending more time on messy play ¹

Singing
0%
of parents

are now spending more time singing songs ¹

Child-led play
0%
of parents

are now spending more time following their child’s ideas ¹

OVERALL

Workshops
0%+
of parents

had attended a workshop ²

Ideas
0%
of parents

said that Starting Out Activity Sacks have given them ideas for their own activities ¹

Time together
0%
of parents

said that Starting Out Activity Sacks had helped them spend more time with their child ¹

78% felt more confident as a parent

33% felt more confident about their relationship with their child

67% stated they had better knowledge of child development

22% felt more confident about support from friends and family

22% felt more knowledgeable about their child’s behaviour

Imagine how Starting Out could help the parents in your school or setting?

¹  Based on an initial sample of 79 parents
²  Not all settings in the sample had run workshops