The Mohn Westlake Foundation is supporting The Reach Foundation to develop the Reach Children’s Hub, an innovative new charitable initiative providing a wide range of activities to support children, young people and families in Feltham.
Feltham Early Learning Community Project
Delivered in partnership with Save the Children, Feltham Early Learning Community project is aimed at improving early learning outcomes in the local area. The project includes the Early Years Network, which offers free, monthly professional development and networking opportunities. Sessions are hosted by the Hub at the Reach Academy and have included topics such as speech and language in early years foundation stage (EYFS); creating a nurturing learning environment with Family Links; developmental trauma and attachment theory.
The Hub is also in the process of developing a Feltham early years' workforce strategy by establishing an EYFS apprenticeship programme with The Skills Network; and seeking validation from Kingston University to offer its Foundation Degree in Early Years from September 2020 at Reach Academy.
The Hub's Early Years keyworkers run a variety of different, evidence-based parenting support courses to help upskill parents and build strong, supportive peer networks: Families Connect, Family Links and PEEP.
Building Blocks grants are also awarded up to £450 per family (with a child under six years old and at least one parent/carer receiving benefits) to purchase household goods and early learning packs. Referral teams carry out home visits to support the family and monitor the impact of the grant, helping to reduce pressure and enhance capacity.
The Hub has started several weekly initiatives to tackle social isolation, which aim to connect and empower parents through creativity and learning new skills (Coffee & Crafts) and encouraging a healthy lifestyle & discovering the local area (Walk & Talk). Free family activities are also hosted by the Hub during the school holidays.
As well as these activities, the Hub is in the process of developing a Local Strategic Plan for the Feltham Early Learning Community for the next three years, with the support of Save the Children UK. Strategic planning workshops have brought together local stakeholders from across the community, with representatives from nurseries, schools, children's centres, the council, police, charities and faith groups, and consultation groups are being held to capture the voice of children and parents.
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