The first three years of a child’s life are crucial for their development and will shape the adult they will become. We aim to help parents to understand their child’s needs and encourage them to be active and engaged in their child’s early development.
Our Early Learning Support for Pre-School Age Children service recruits and trains family volunteers to work alongside parents providing regular in-home support to improve parental engagement. Trained volunteers can pass on information about early years, introduce parents to different play ideas, encourage good routines like reading at bed time, discuss and share parent’s concerns and help them to develop stronger relationships with their children. As unpaid volunteers they can develop a non-judgemental relationship with families that encourages trust and helps the families to be more resilient.
By encouraging their involvement in and shaping of their child’s early years’ learning opportunities, we aim to increase parents’ awareness of their child’s development, support them to gather new skills and knowledge of the resources available, and increase confidence in their parenting ability,
Our Family Support Coordinators manage the initial meetings with the family, where a Support Plan is drawn up and agreed on with the family. If the family’s immediate needs are complex the Coordinator will provide the support that is required. Then, when the family are in a place to be effectively supported by a volunteer they will be matched with a befriender.
Family Support Volunteers then visit families in their own homes for 2 hours per week for 12 months, engaging with the children and their parents to improve cognitive and social development of the children. They have access to a range of different age appropriate play and reading materials so that they can make every visit exciting for the children.
The Coordinator meets regularly with the volunteer and then the family to review and adjust the Support Plan.
To refer a family click here
Come to our Family Stay and Play group
Stay and Play group at Goodtrees centre runs every Wednesday 11-12:30pm and is open to parents and carers with children under the age of 5.
Parents can just drop in with their children for a chat with the workers plus free play, singing, stories and arts and crafts and lots of great toys.
No need to book but you can call 0131 6610890 for info.
Goodtrees Community Centre, 5 Moredunvale Place, Edinburgh