Sharing the Ambition

Play at the Heart of
Scottish Early Years’ Family Learning

Funded by the BERA BCF Curriculum Investigation Grant

Introducing the Sharing the Ambition Family Zone, your one stop shop for all things play.

We asked over 260 Scottish families, with children in Nursery or P1, what we could do to support them with play at home. They asked for communication & family learning,
so we created The Family Zone.

This resource has been designed to help families, with children in Nursery and P1, to introduce more play into family life: click on the buttons below to get started!

The Why of Play
The What of Play
The How of Play
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Check out the theory behind the practice & the research behind our resource, below.

Project Introduction

A practical, hands-on approach to ensuring that high quality play experiences are valued and facilitated at home.

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Phase 1 – Data Collection & Analysis

A mixed-methods approach will be employed utilising:

•An initial parent survey to dig deeper into parental perceptions & current experiences of play.
Focus groups will also be used to gather the detailed qualitative responses that can be missed in surveys.

•An initial Early Years staff survey to understand the current approach to family learning at different settings & focus groups.

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Phase 2 – Professional Enquiry

Working Party members will undertake their own professional enquiry projects, creating an iterative cycle of development workshops with the team (initially based upon the survey and focus group results), to discuss, design, plan, reflect, feedback and adapt each STA draft. The focus of each project will be a different strategy to boost parental engagement & involvement: putting the STA theory into practice for evaluative purposes.

Sharing the ambition, project methodology