Going together so we can go further

An African proverb: ‘if you want to go faster, go alone. If you want to go further, go together.’ Going together so we can go further sums up the past few months at the Institute of Wellbeing. We attended the launch of the Hungry Little Minds campaign at the DfE and were privileged to share our tailored campaign, key messages and visual resources designed to creatively engage with BME / Faith Communities at the Birmingham and London ‘Learn Explore Debate’ days hosted by NCB.

We also embarked on successful roadshows to engage with key stakeholders and been guests on three regional BBC Radio stations. We’ve had exciting conversations with key stakeholders and want to keep exploring the potential to collaborate for the greater good of the families we want to serve.

We are excited; we want to reach, positively influence and impact as many families as we can, and to see them flourish as a result of creating a healthy Home Learning Environment. This requires compassionate engagement that creates moments of connection and an environment of trust. As a result we are committed to keep asking ourselves, what do we see when we look at the families we engage with?

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Research indicates that the development of a child’s behaviour is strongly influenced by how well the family functions.

Even in times of hardship – positive behaviours can be adopted within the home to improve family wellbeing. Such as, preparing and eating healthily together is one example.

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As adults we tend to gradually lose the ability to play, be carefree and enjoy our surroundings or the time spent with our loved ones to spontaneously reduce happiness, fun and laughter instinctively.

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Why should parents focus on reading with their child? Because parental involvement in their child’s literacy practices is a more powerful force than other family background variables, such as social class, family size and level of parental education.

Research shows that parents who introduce their babies to books give them a head start in school and an advantage over their peers throughout primary school.

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Why should parents focus on communicating with their child? Because early speech and language skills are associated with success in developing reading, writing, and interpersonal skills, both in childhood and later in life.

Research shows that poorer children heard approximately 600 words per hour; whilst working-class children heard 1,200 words per hour, but interestingly, children from professional families heard 2,100 words per hour.

By the age of 3, a poorer child would have heard 30 million fewer words in their home environment than a child from a professional family.

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