Product DescriptionThis transition and learning project gives parents and carers the opportunity to work with school staff. As partners in their child’s development, they get to share their knowledge of their child, their strengths and their aptitudes. Using the project framework and resources, staff support the families’ understanding of ‘school readiness’. They provide opportunities for the families to meet and engage in fun activities to ensure their children are ready for learning. This approach ensures a smoother transition into school.
Once children have begun school, the school can continue to use Mouse Club resources to support parents to provide a stimulating home learning environment. This can continue throughout Nursery, Reception and Year 1 depending on the ability and need of the child.
What schools have told us about Mouse Club:
“With my older children I didn’t really come to things at school. Being involved with Mouse Club and getting to know the teachers changed everything. Now I have a good relationship with the school, I feel part of a community and I understand much more how to help my children. They are doing so much better now.” Parent, St Margarets Primary School
“The children loved getting Mouse ready for school and it has had a big impact on the nursery e.g. the previous year, thirty children weren’t toilet trained – this year it was three.” PSA, Stanley Grove Primary Academy
“Mouse Club has had a positive impact in our school, and it has shifted the focus of the parents’ role, they are beginning to see themselves as partners in learning. The parents feel they are working together with school to support their child’s learning journey.” Teacher, Eaves Primary School
“We are still incorporating Mouse Club into our home learning [during the COVID-19 lockdown]. It has been a brilliant resource during these times as it is something that I know they all have at home. Our families love a mouse challenge.” Kate Greer, Nursery Teacher, St Oswalds School, Liverpool.
Mouse Club was part of a Parent Engagement Fund study to measure impact on parental behaviour and interaction with their children including the home learning environment. Read the Sutton Trust Report here.
Mouse Club resources are continually reviewed and renewed. This is very much influenced by our continued work with schools. If you would like to work with us to further develop this and other parental engagement resources, receive free trial materials to support this pack and contribute to parental engagement through our partnership networks, please consider becoming a PEN member.