One method doesn’t meet all the needs – Families’ needs are as diverse as the children’s.  Is that considered when we try to engage parents with their child’s learning?

Recognising research that states, the quantity and quality of parent participation are a major contributor to maximising brain growth and future life choices, spark has increased support for practitioners, designed to escalate parental involvement via online participation with spark.  All the spark features bring the interested parties together and create dialogue and trust. Parents are enabled via the software to work alongside, or with the setting, depending on the settings expectations and willingness from the parents’ perspective. Supportive for the provider’s team, spark considers the individual interests and needs of each child. spark provides a mixture of features to meet parents’ needs in initial and future engagement; to intensify interest in taking part in their child’s learning and development. Spark is the tool to hook them, appropriately, into taking part. There are five spark elements/features; sparkESSENTIAL/sparkPRO, containing sparkLINK, sparkDIARY, spark@HOME and there is even software parents can use before they begin a setting!

spark EYFS software

  • Engages parents to respond with the provider via a selection of reports. Including, the Journal, Learning Journey Profile (progress made, ideas of support for the families personal ‘at home’ scenario, suggested next steps and how that might happen at home, setting news), Progress Check, Graphs of Progress including, Development Matters and Characteristics of Effective Learning
  • Invites parents and all those involved with the child to give feedback at a time that suits them, safely online
  • Choice of templates to personalise

spark and the parent LINK

  • Automatically suggests some ideas for implementing learning at home in each area of learning
  • Provides an online communication jotter with ideas on what to write about, to disseminate information about the child’s learning and development
  • Setting can add short learning stories to indicate a child using a skill or enjoying an activity

Watch the video here -> https://www.screencast.com/t/65yMZ6osv 

sparkDIARY

  • Plots naps, feeds, changes, etc..
  • Sends reminders; from the whole setting and ‘room’
  • Included are messages about the individual child
  • Indicates the child’s interaction with activities
  • Are sent daily/weekly as suits

Watch the video here -> https://www.screencast.com/t/jYtbtrWfetof

spark@HOME

  • Separate software but talks to the setting’s spark
  • Provides different types of communication jotters with ideas on how parents can help
  • Observations together with comments and photographs are gathered by both parties
  • Gives the same list of the child’s possible next steps for consideration in each area of learning; adults select what is appropriate for the child
  • The level of parental involvement is tracked

Watch the video here -> https://www.screencast.com/t/3GRPDUSbgMo

And the software parents can have before they start at your provision

  • Works independently from spark but integrated as spark@HOME later – ideal for a younger sibling or those on the waiting list
  • Indicates ideas, in how parents can put learning aims into activities in fun ways

Watch the video here -> https://www.screencast.com/t/TfwX9c1M