Family Centres have always run courses to support families. But the parents and carers who attended our Little Learners group told us that they felt the course was, at 5 weeks, too short for some children to settle into a routine and feel confident within the group. So we set out to understand what we could do to better meet the needs of our families. Parents told us that they would like a course which could be tailored to the needs of their children, and which would help build the confidence of both parents and their children, with the aim that their child would be able to take up a place at a pre-school or nursery.
So we worked with families to create a new 8-week course called 'Early Adventurers' which we trialled in the autumn - increasing the age range so that children from 18 months to 4 years can attend, and putting the needs of the child at the centre of all the sessions. The course gave families the chance to meet others with similar challenges as well as receive advice and guidance from the SEND Champions. Feedback on the new course was very positive and the new Early Adventurers will now be running in Family Centres across Hertfordshire.