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FaithAction Launches Creative English Family Learning

At FaithAction, we are always thinking about new innovations in community integration amongst the fun of designing resources and filling suitcases with props and dress-up items for Creative English, and now we are launching Creative English Family Learning.

Creative English Family Learning is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government as an extension of the current Creative English programme. By July 2015, 5 Hubs across the country will be trained and equipped with a book of 10 session plans and a resource kit of puppets, games and craft materials, and will have delivered the project to 20 families.

As you will know, childcare is one of the main barriers for women to undertake language courses, and so Creative English Family Learning is a flexible model to support the mixed ability needs of migrant and refugee parents and their children aged 0-10. It also develops a sense of belonging as a whole family, and like Creative English, it grew from Dr Anne Smith’s PhD thesis

By completing activities together, such as craft, role-play, story-telling and games using English language, Family Learning will strengthen the relationship between parent and child. It increases the adult’s confidence in speaking English and the child’s progression in line with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Parliamentary Under Secretary for State for Communities and Local Government, said:

“The Family Learning programme you are developing will support both parents and children and as such will be a valuable tool in creating integrated communities where people feel they belong.”

Keep up to date with the project through FaithAction’s Creative English website and follow @faithactionnet and @CE_AllianceUK on Twitter, where you will see all the photos and learner quotes.