The following blog post was submitted by Monika Maleszka-Ritchie, CALA Bi-lingual Coordinator:
Earlier this month most of the Toddler Team were training with Peeple – a charity which supports parents, carers, babies and children to learn together. Peeple practitioners and families share information and ideas about how to make the most of all of the learning opportunities that surround us in everyday life and play. Research shows that the home learning environment is really important – and that parents and carers can make a huge contribution to their children’s school-readiness.
The aim of the Peep Learning Together Programme is to train practitioners working with families to support the home learning environment. We explored a range of topics, session plans and resources and discussed how they could best be used at home, as part of drop-in sessions and to support regular groups. It was also a great opportunity to meet other organisations which also work with children. Our two trainers Gillian Forbes from Inverness and Lyn Rutherford from Edinburgh brought a huge amount of knowledge and enthusiasm.
We all learned a lot and had great fun during the practical sessions. I loved singing ‘Alice the Camel’ (a new one to me) and have already translated it for my Polish groups… Altogether now…