Starting Out can be offered as a universal service through a School in a similar way to the Early Years component. Schools offer families an opportunity to borrow Activity Sacks to take home and use together.
There are 15 different Activity Sacks, specifically designed for children in reception year, each linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage. The use of Activity Sacks at home enables families to try various activities and gives them ideas for continuing to use the home and local area as a learning environment for their children, using low cost and no cost activities. The ‘school-specific’ Activity Cards provide useful information that link the activities with the areas of development in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Experiences of using the activity sacks can be recorded for children to share with their peers at school Families that have already taken part in Starting Out, either through an Early Years setting, Home Visits or Group Sessions will continue to benefit as the activities are different to the Early Years Activity Sacks.
In addition to the Activity Sacks, the school 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 in the Schools component range. Each Activity Sack includes everything you need for the activity, with information and ideas around each activity. Activity Sacks can be purchased in three ways, either as a full set of 15, as a set bundle of 5 (PSED, Maths or CL) or individually. Activity Cards included in each Sack can also be purchased separately if required.
Note: Contents may change slightly, subject to availability.
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Offered through an Early Years provider as a universal provision. 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.