Provider influence on the home learning environment: Part 1

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Hunt, Stephen; Virgo, Susan; Klett-Davies, Martina
Family and Parenting Institute
Date of publication
1 June 2011
Education and Skills, Children and Young People, Families
Social welfare
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The aim of the study is to help identify which strategies are most effective in supporting parents to give their child the best start in early home learning. The findings identify best practice, help quantify the benefits of support to parents and offer suggestions about how to make best use of resources at a time of financial constraint. The study shows that the majority of parents maintain the same level of early home learning once their child starts in a funded childcare place, but that parents in families where adults are not in employment actually do less early home learning once their child starts in a funded childcare place. This strongly suggests that effective parental engagement should be focussed on maintaining existing levels of early home learning and preventing parents from doing less early home learning activities with their children. Early years settings should target parents from households where adults are not in employment.

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