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

    ​Peep Learning Together Program is an adult learning curriculum that is play-based for parents/carers and their children aged birth to 5 years.

    Practitioners who attend Peep LTP Training (which was updated in 2015) receive online access to the complete program.

     The program contains over 70 topics covering five strands of development:

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

    Each topic relates to one or more developmental stage: babies - toddlers - pre-school. The program is intentionally flexible - practitioners can use any topic from any strand or developmental stage, in any order.

    The topics comprise underpinning information from the latest research into child development and how it can be supported, with a methodology for practitioners to share that information with parents/carers by building on their existing strengths and practices.

    Several studies of PeepLTP found children made progress in verbal comprehension, vocabulary, numeracy development and self-esteem

    The Brotherhood of St Laurence is the registered provider of this program in Australia.

    Detailed Costs

    This program costs $750 per person for a two-day training delivered by the Brotherhood of St Laurence. This includes access to all programs materials and supports. There is also an in-service Model of training for organisations wanting to train groups of staff. Please contact the Brotherhood of St Laurence directly to discuss pricing for this.

    Implementation Considerations

    Target Population: children aged birth to 5 years and their parents/carers.

    Program Adaptability: PeepLTP was designed for flexible delivery, based on the needs of the parents and children. Practitioners can select session plans to tailor to the needs of their families. Stories and songs make up every session and should be selected from the community to be culturally appropriate to the client.

    Staffing: the provider encourages cross training of existing staff in your setting.

    Services should consider the cost of backfill in determining the cost of accessing this program.

    Training Requirements: the training consists of two 1-day sessions in which practitioners:

    • Learn to deliver the PeepLTP to parents and children

    • Create their own PeepLTP courses using different program content and resources

    • Develop skills and attitudes to work with parents

    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 for practitioners.

    Implementation Model: the  implementation model is flexible, as the materials can be used in one-on-one sessions and in group sessions. Two practitioners are recommended for groups larger than 6 parent-child pairs.

    The contents of the session plans are designed to build on what parents are already doing to support their children's learning.

    Tools and systems: all materials are accessible from a password protected online portal. Access to this is for practitioners who have completed the full 2 days of training. 

    Australian Experience: The Brotherhood of St Laurence is the licenced training body for PeepLTP in Australia. BSL has been running an intensive PeepLTP in 3 settings since early 2017, and have trained several hundreds of practitioners in Victoria, NSW and WA.

    Current best implementation knowledge: most research has been based on programs lasting 10 weeks with groups meeting once a week.

    Resources from large practitioner training and conference events are summarised and uploaded in the peeple.org.uk Members Only area.

    Short case studies about different ways of using Peep including in early years settings and schools are available on the general peeple.org.uk website.

    Strength of Evidence

    Promising research evidence

    3 stars out of 5