The poorest families receive text messages to support early learning

The parents receive three weekly text messages with advice on how to support their children’s early learning at home through a government initiative to improve the school readiness of children from poorer families.

The texts are sent to disadvantaged families with children aged four and five, and encourage activities to improve reading literacy and computing “how the number of plates on the table is counted,” according to the Department of Education.

It is one of several essays initiated by the DfE to promote the early childhood development of disadvantaged children who, at the age of five, are on average four months behind their richer counterparts. The moment your GCSEs are felt, your overall performance will be delayed by 19 months.

Over a period of eight months, the study will involve 2,700 families from 105 schools in the northeast. The results are compared with those from separate studies that examine the impact of regular home visits from early age experts to the development of disadvantaged children.

In one of them, trained experts visit 320 families with two-year-old children twice a week for 15 months at home in South Yorkshire. They provide textbooks and toys and teach parenting activities to help them read and learn their children’s conversation.

Announcing Wednesday’s exams, Secretary of Education Damian Hinds will present plans for a separate project that will give disadvantaged families with children aged two to four years free access to DfE-approved early learning applications. for smartphones and tablets. ,

The DfE promises to purchase subscriptions to “the best” learning applications available to parents in 12 pilot areas in England. Applications will be selected by a panel of experts appointed by the government last month to test applications and provide guidance to parents.

“The home-based learning environment can have a major impact on a child’s ability to succeed in life,” Hinds said. “I would like to support families with tips and suggestions to encourage their children to learn that they can not fall behind on the first day of school and achieve their full potential regardless of their background.”

He recognized the difficulties that new technologies can bring to parents and added, “Screens can be a bit of a distraction for kids, but using technology to support early communication and development means we are another tool in our arsenal to help young children develop these skills. “

The projects are led by the Foundation for Endow of Education (EDF) and the Leeds-based charity SHINE. Sir Kevan Collin, Executive Director of EDF, said: “Parents want the best for their children, regardless of their backgrounds or where they come from, but sometimes it can be difficult to get parents to learn from their children makes a difference and we know little about how to do it right.

“By exploring various ways to improve the home learning environment, from texts to parents to home visits, these new tests provide us with much-needed information on how to provide mothers and fathers with the tools they need to provide Children the best possible start, life. “