Starting Out can be offered as a universal service through an Early Years provider (nursery, pre-school or childminder). The setting offers families an opportunity to borrow Activity Sacks to take home and use together. Each sack, designed as a low/no-cost activity promotes parental involvement in using the home as a learning environment for their child. These shared experiences can be recorded for children to share with their peers in the Early Years setting they attend.
There are 15 different Activity Sacks, each linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage, supporting Personal, Social and Emotional development, Communication & Language and Physical development. Each Activity Sack has an accompanying Activity Card which offers parents suggestions on how to use the sack.
In addition to loaning Activity Sacks, the Early Years setting can offer parents workshops to attend. These workshops (pre-written and provided as part of the Starting Out programme) help families to understand more about child development, particularly focusing on brain development in the Early Years. Information on how children learn and ways to support this learning can also be offered through these workshops.
There are 15 Activity Sacks available for Early Years settings, suitable for children aged 2-4. Each Activity Sack includes everything you need for the activity, an Activity Card containing specific suggestions and an exercise book, in which parents or children can record what they did with the Activity Sack. Activity Sacks can be purchased in three ways, either as a full set of 15, as a set bundle of 5 Activity Sacks either for Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development or Communication and Language, or individually. Activity Cards included in each Sack can be purchased individually as well.
For settings who are new to the programme, it is necessary for them to purchase practitioner training to understand the programme and learn more about delivering it in their setting.
Note: Contents of Activity Sacks may change slightly, subject to availability.
This Activity Sack combines the fun of discovering expressions and learning all the different parts of the face.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
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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. Workshops can be offered to provide information on child development.