About the programme
As part of the Mercers’ Company Early Years Special Initiative, Early Words Together for London was delivered in Barking and Dagenham, Southwark, and the Bi-borough of Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea from 2019 - 2022. The project involved collaboration with local authorities to identify and engage a selected cohort of children (i.e. two-year-olds, three-year-olds or four-year-olds) in an appropriate version of the programme.
Early Words Together for London was delivered in two ways: face-to-face, where practitioners are trained to work with small groups of families for five to six weeks, and through digital content, where practitioners and families access videos and support remotely.
A further adaptation to the programme involved delivering sessions in available space outdoors. This is particularly useful if restrictions are in place to prevent parents from entering the setting.
Our Words for Life website further supports parents, adding an extra boost to the activities taking place in the settings. It also engages harder to reach families who may be facing barriers accessing the nursery sessions, such as low confidence, scheduling and transport issues.
237 early years practitioners from 153 settings across the three London areas were trained to deliver Early Words Together, and over 2,500 families took part overall. In order to explore the changes for children, families and practitioners as a result of taking part in Early Words Together for London, data was collected from parents and practitioners as part of the programme evaluation over the three years of delivery. The findings from the evaluation of the programme are very positive despite the ongoing challenges in delivery brought on by the pandemic.
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