The Opportunity Area (OA) is focused on supporting families that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic in Fenland and East Cambridgeshire. A lot of children born in the lockdown period have missed much of the key experiences outside home, leading to significant gaps in social skills, self-regulation and knowledge about the word around them.
The OA Early Years Community Project focuses on supporting new parents to develop an understanding of early childhood and the importance of early years and home learning, helping their children to be ‘preschool ready’. The project is running in collaboration with Early Help, Health, and other services to reach new parents. It focuses on the prime areas determined in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework (2021):
- communication and language
- physical development
- personal, social and emotional development.
The project will involve:
We will conduct an audit of contact points for new parents, e.g. parent and toddler groups, health forums, children and family centres, libraries and other community events that parents access with their youngest children.
2. Early Childhood Community Development Worker
We will create a new hybrid Early Childhood Community Development Worker (ECDW) role. The ECDW will reach out to the groups identified in the audit to:
- share early language approaches
- broker early years services
- signpost to other services in the locality
- empower parents to understand the role of free play in the development of cognitive and physical development.
The ECDW will work with a parental offer framework underpinned by:
- Five to Thrive
- 50 Things to do Before You’re 5
- Parent Champion Programme – linking to the Funded 2s Project
- Play Values
- Early Talk Boost
- Community Development
More information and contact:
For more information, contact Quality.AssuranceTeam@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.