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Project information

Home Learning Project

To enable parents of young deaf children to develop their childs listening and spoken language skills, enabling them to gain age appropriate language by age 5. This project reaches out to families across the UK who are unable to attend classroom activities and who need a flexible learning resource

On going

Charity information: The Elizabeth Foundation

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  • Need


    Families with a young deaf child are often isolated from early years education due to a widening gap in social and professional services. Many find the services that are available locally do not cater for children with special needs, do not allow parent and child to learn together, exclude part of our modern community (e.g are entirely faith based), are run over a fixed period of time or with a targeted catchment area, or they are simply too expensive to use.


    We provide a nationally available home learning programme, specially designed to guide parents as they help their deaf child develop listening and spoken language skills. Our lessons are offered free to all families of deaf children throughout the UK, providing an accessible service to meet the needs of our beneficiaries

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide on line enrolment for our National Home Learning Programme to families across the UK


    » Provide on line enrolment services via our website

    What success will look like

    We will monitor the number of enrolments we receive both via our website and other avenues to evaluate the need to improve our website or widen our publicity

    Aim 2

    To provide free lesson material and bespoke feedback and guidance to families throughout the UK,


    » Provide lesson material appropriate to the age and development needs of each child
    » To respond to parent feedback by appropriate media (email, phone, letter) to support their and their childs education and welfare needs
    » To regularly update lesson material to meet the needs of our beneficiaries and to keep up to date with technological advances in audiology

    What success will look like

    We monitor and evaluate the number of families who continue with the course and identify barriers to continued participation in order to meet the needs of beneficiaries and donors

    Aim 3

    To actively invite families enrolled on our home learning programme to visit our family centres


    » Monitor and evaluate every childs progress. Actively encourage feedback from parents and issue regular, open invitations to visit our family centres.

    What success will look like

    We will provide opportunities for all families who wish to visit our family centre to do so at least once a year so that they can benefit from intensive one to one or group support

  • Impact


    More families will have access to specialist early education for their deaf child. This will reduce the isolation suffered by families with deaf children and strengthen family bonds. Ultimately this programme enables deaf children to join mainstream school at age 5 ready and able to learn alongside hearing peers, and ready to fulfill their learning potential. This reduces long term rehabilitation costs across the UK and promotes an inclusive, learned society


    When families are told that their child has a permanent hearing loss they often do not know where to turn for help, or find that local services are inadequate for their childs specialist needs. We aim to ensure that all families in the UK can find and access our services. With on line enrolment and accessible information available day or night via our website we can ensure that families know where we are and how we can help them ,whenever they are ready


    We provide all our supporters with newsletters and are happy to provide project specific updates to donors. We welcome visitors to our family centres so that parents, donors and professionals can see our work first hand, and report on all our services within our annual accounts and management report

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £50,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £50,000 home learning programme supporting up to 100 families per year
  • Background


    The Home Learning programme is administered from our main family centre in Hampshire but is available nationally across the UK, and where funds allow, we will provide support overseas


    Young deaf children, many with additional disabilities, learning needs and challenges, and their families across the UK.
    Families are from diverse backgrounds and include two parent and lone parent families, working and non working families of all ages, genders and faiths. We also provide lesson materials to other professionals in the education, health and caring industry to share best practice and to increase levels of partnership working

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Elizabeth Foundation is unique in the provision of a wide range of services to young deaf children in the UK. All our services are Ofsted approved and recognised as outstanding by International Options Schools. We work with our beneficiaries to ensure that services meet their needs and with our donors to ensure value for money and professional conduct and governance

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Julie Hughes

    Director of children and family services

    Pat Davey

    Teacher of the deaf providing specialist one to one support and feedback to parents of young deaf children.