ERIC Number: ED357827
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
From Store Cupboard to Family Room: How Parents Pushed Open the Doors of a Scottish Nursery School. Bernard van Leer Foundation Studies and Evaluation Papers 9.
Forming a genuine partnership with parents from across the social spectrum is one of the challenges facing schools. The development of a "family room"--a basic meeting place and playroom with comfortable furniture, toys, a tea kettle, and other equipment for families--became a collaborative adventure shared by parents, staff, and a local community project in Aberdeen, Scotland. The family room proved to be a useful resource for easing the transition from home to nursery for poor and socially isolated children and parents. The family room drew into the school a group of isolated parents most in need of support and most unlikely to have become involved in classroom-based activities. The parents found the room socially valuable to both themselves and their younger children, especially for meeting new people and getting support. Parents and staff (n=37) were interviewed by an outsider for this study. The staff felt the experience led to a greater understanding of the children's backgrounds and to a new respect for the caring and coping abilities of the mothers. This paper describes the evolution of the family room; an evaluation of parents' and staff's perceptions of the room; and the use, value, organization, and place of the room in the structured school. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bernard Van Leer Foundation, The Hague (Netherlands).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)