The project aimed to give young parents the skills and tools to facilitate learning outside and at home with their children with a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) and the fundamentals around growing your own food and healthy eating. Working across five centres in Chichester, Selsey, Midhurst, Littlehampton and Bognor Regis the project engaged parents and their toddlers over two workshops where the families had the chance to take part in practical activities both in the centres and in the green space around the centres. Working alongside Dr Debs Wilkinson in Education the two sessions combined play and exploration for both parent and child in order to achieve our aim and help to:

  • Give young parents the skills and tools to facilitate learning outside and at home with their children with a focus on STEM
  • Engage parents and their toddlers with practical activities
  • Provide CPD for family centre staff
  • Ensure the dissemination of work to inform work with younger age ranges

To date the programme has been a great success, working with over 60 families, 47 of which were in the Chichester District. During the 10 sessions that were delivered, partners got to work with a diverse range of parents, carers and Childminders and received fantastic feedback in the evaluations. Over half the sessions were fully booked with parents asking for additional sessions to be run as well as a demand for further activity in centres and staff CPD. The parents and carers who attended reported a better understanding of possible education routes they could take enabling them to access further education and came away with a sense of unity in the community as the family centres and university were collaborating together.

Programme Partners: University of Chichester, West Sussex County Council

For further information please email our Innovation Fund Project Manager, Debra Vice-Holt