Project information

The Ready for School Project

This is about supporting parents of pre-school aged children to get involved in their child’s early learning. It focuses on parents who may find it difficult to do this and be unwilling or feel unable to access local support or services which may affect the child’s future learning.

1 year

Charity information: Home-Start Stroud District

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  • Need


    A recent report from the centre for Social Justice highlights the link between school readiness and educational attainment. It sights lack of parental support and aspiration, family breakdown and multiple disadvantages of poverty contributing to educational failure which ‘can have a catastrophic impact on a child’s life chances and opportunities… perpetuating cycles of disadvantage’.


    Through weekly home-visiting the volunteer identifies and works with parent’s strengths, building their self esteem and confidence. They help parents to widen their support networks and use the support and services available within the community for the benefit of their child(ren) and themselves. The volunteers encourage parents to feel more able to support their child’s learning and development.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    This project recognises that parents are children’s first and most effective educators.


    » Through weekly home-visiting the volunteer identifies and works with parent’s strengths, building their self esteem and confidence.

    What success will look like

    Families will develop their confidence and ability to create a positive home learning environment for their children and support their early learning.

    Aim 2

    Working with parents of young children in the home enables us to assess the home environment.


    » Through encouragement and support our volunteers can help a parent build their self-esteem and confidence which in turn affects their children.

    What success will look like

    The project aims to break a cycle in families where adults have little or no educational attainment, encouraging a new generation to view education in a positive light.

    Aim 3

    Identify and receive referrals for families who will benefit from this project at an early stage.


    » All our referrers, such as Health Visitors, social workers, children’s centres and local organisations will be informed about the project.

    What success will look like

    Where a health visitor or other professional has identified that there is likely to be little positive home learning taking place in the family.

    Aim 4

    All volunteers will receive accredited training to assist them to explore their role of supporting.


    » Devise and deliver a specialised training programme for volunteers.

    What success will look like

    Volunteers will develop skills and knowledge to provide support for parents in their community. This creates training and development opportunities for local people.

    Aim 5

    All volunteers will receive a ‘play and learning set’ to take into the family home.


    » Purchased sets will include a selection of educational books, and toys including puppets and puzzles, all of which will be used to engage the children

    What success will look like

    Funding available to purchase educational sets.

  • Impact


    Children will be supported to prepare for the transition into nursery/school. The project will have a crucial impact on children’s early development and learning chances where otherwise they may have arrived at preschool with little or no knowledge of books, and educational games/toys and start their formal education at a disadvantage.


    The main risk is lack of funding to operate this project. Other sources of income are also being sought.


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  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,400

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      Amount Heading Description
      £230 Training Volunteer training & Learning resources
      £1,170 Admin & Staff costs Salaries, supervision, Administration
  • Background


    Home-Start Stroud District supports families living within the Stroud District of Gloucestershire. This is a rural district where isolation affects many families. Volunteers from the local community are well placed to offer support to vulnerable members of the community.


    Families with at least one child under the age of five years and live within the Stroud District area are supported by a home visiting volunteer on a weekly basis. Families experiencing Maternal Mental Health issues, poverty and where there is evidence of little positive home learning taking place.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Home-Start is a charitable organisation offering a professional service to vulnerable families who do not find it easy to access statutory services. A volunteer who has personal parenting and life experiences is best placed to come along side parents and their children to offer support and encouragement at a crucial stage of a child's development.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.



    To recruit, train & supervise volunteers with parenting experience to offer a non-judgemental service to families in their own homes.


    An experienced parent able to empathise with the needs of families and to support them through the daily pressures of living.