Families Connect

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Authored by

Jean Gross

Families Connect is a programme developed by Save the Children UK to help parents support their children’s learning in the home. It is delivered through a series of weekly two-hour workshops in schools or other early years settings over eight weeks to groups of families. The programme is usually delivered by early years practitioners, teachers, teaching assistants or family support workers.

Two of the workshops focus on social and emotional learning. These were developed by The SEAL Community’s Julie Casey. Others focused on language, literacy and numeracy.

The programme was independently evaluated through a randomised controlled trial, in 31 schools from disadvantaged areas across the UK. A total of 499 children aged four to six from 483 families took part.

The evaluation found a significant impact on children’s behaviour and wellbeing (including dealing with mistakes, getting on well with peers and adapting to new tasks and challenges), demonstrated by teacher reports six months after programme delivery.

You can read the evaluation  report here and find out more about Families Connect here .