SRF Program

  • Peep Learning Together Program (PeepLTP)

    VEYLDF Alignment

    Item uses these practice principles: Reflective practice, Partnerships with families, High expectations for every child, Respectful relationships and responsive engagement, Equity and diversity, Integrated teaching and learning approaches.

    Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes, Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media, Children engage with a range of texts and get meaning from these texts, Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing.

    Description

    PeepLTP is an adult learning curriculum that is play-based and is intended for parents/carers and their children aged birth to school-age. It supports parents to understand more about how children learn - and to do more of the things at home that make a difference to children's outcomes, for example singing, sharing books and stories and talking about a wide range of ideas, thoughts and feelings.

    The PeepLTP materials assist educators to support parents to enhance their child's development by sharing information that builds on their existing strengths and practices. The flexibility of the materials allows for any topic to be used in any order.

    In 2020, services that choose to support parents through playgroups can opt to purchase coaching/implementation support from Playgroup Victoria Playgroup Development Consultants (PDCs) to embed PeepLTP.

    PeepLTP contains more than 70 topics covering five strands of development from the latest research into child development and how it can be supported as follows:

    • personal, social and emotional development
    • communication and language
    • early literacy
    • early maths
    • health and physical development.

    Each topic in each of the strands relates to one or more developmental stages: babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

    Detailed Costs

    Blended training: $750/person 

    (includes in-person training with three-hours of video and access to all program materials).

    Group training: $500/person

    (does not include additional travel costs. These would be negotiated. Contact provider for details).

    Implementation support can be purchased via Playgroup Victoria at a negotiated price of $400 per day plus travel.

    This can include a combination of mentoring and in-playgroup coaching. Contact provider for details.

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: children aged birth to school-age and their parents/carers.

    Program adaptability: PeepLTP was designed for flexible delivery based on the needs of parents and children. Any topic can be used in any order and developmental stage, in groups or one-on-one. Each topic has three to four types of print resources to share with parents so that information can be tailored to various levels of literacy, motivation and interests. Stories and songs make up every session and should be selected from the community to be culturally appropriate to the families in a service.

    Staffing: the provider encourages cross-training of staff so that engaging and supporting parents to support their children's learning and development can be a shared whole-of-centre strategy.  

    Services should consider the cost of backfill in determining the cost of attending the training and may need to consider how staff will organise their time to run the program, and the potential cost of extra working hours, or the cost of hiring external PeepLTP facilitators.

    For a playgroup strategy, staffing for an extra three to five hours per week would be required for a weekly playgroup session including set up, planning, follow up and debrief. Staff ideally are internal to the service, however PeepLTP trained facilitators can also be hired through Playgroup Victoria to offer PeepLTP in a setting and/or to provide implementation support.

    Training Requirements: there are no prerequisites for participating in the training. Brotherhood of St Laurence and Playgroup Victoria are the training providers in Victoria. The blended format training will explore:

    • how to use the materials across many contexts to support parents and children
    • creating your own PeepLTP courses using different program content and resources
    • developing appropriate skills and attitudes to work with parents/carers. 

    Supervision/coaching: a 'community of practice' structure is being developed through the Brotherhood of St Laurence in partnership with Playgroup Victoria which will provide support and continued professional development.

    Setting up a Playgroups-in-Schools model, as well as ongoing In-Playgroup coaching is available via Playgroup Victoria staff certified as PeepLTP trainers.

    Implementation model: flexibility is key to working in partnership with parents so the materials can be used in one-on-one sessions and in group sessions. The topic materials are designed to build on what parents are already doing to support their children's learning.

    The Playgroups-in-Schools model provides opportunities to engage with local families prior to children commencing school, targeting school readiness through partnerships with families. This leads to modelling approaches to parents that they will be able to practise at home. This allows for children's learning and development to be nurtured from birth, as well as offering a point of transition into kindergarten and other early years services if needed.

    Tools and systems: all materials are accessible from a password-protected online portal. Every topic includes materials in both electronic and print format.

    The online members area allows users to share their ideas with others. 

    Australian Experience: the program has been used in metropolitan and rural areas in Victroia including in Benalla and Murrindindi Shires. It has also been implemented across New South Wales and Queensland and in Aboroginal communities in New South Wales and Western Australia.

    Current best implementation knowledge: the majoroty of the current research is based on weekly group programs lasting 10 weeks.

    Playgroup Victoria is currently conducting a pilot that embeds PeepLTP into their existing Playgroup-in-Schools model. Case studies are available on the provider website.

    Short case studies about different ways PeepLTP has been used for over 20 years, including in early years settings and schools, are available on the peeple.org.uk website.

    Strength of Evidence

    Level 3 - Promising research evidence