Learning Together playgroup model approved by AIFS

28-Feb-2017

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) has approved VICSEG’s Learning Together  playgroups with a ‘Promising Practice’ rating.  The unique playgroup model has been developed as part of our playgroup practice over almost 10 years.  It was first trialled in 2007 in a partnership with NMIT in Broadmeadows to engage recently arrived Iraqi mothers with young children in English language learning.  Then it was funded under the Federal Communities for Children Strategy in Brimbank in 2009 to give South Sudanese mothers with their children the encouragement to learn English. It was then identified as a key strategy for the social integration of recently arrived refugee families by the Scanlon Foundation when it established the Supporting Parents – Developing Children Program in Hume in 2011.  More recently it was the subject of an Evidence into Action paper by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

Learning Together was developed to enable mothers with limited experience of formal study to learn English in a non-threatening environment with their young preschool age children.  The language learning is focussed on common interests in parenting, child development and family life and includes interaction between mothers and their children through word games, songs and story-telling.  The program helps prepare children for kindergarten and school, while building their mothers’ confidence to go on learning English.

Download Evidence into Action paper 

Evidence into Action-Learning Together Parent and Child English Literacy Program_2016 Evidence into Action-Learning Together Parent and Child English Literacy Program_2016 (4044 KB)