The Welcome Project will work with recently arrived migrant families living in hotel accommodation in Clapham. The programme will be for young children and parents together, with each session accessible on a standalone basis, which will allow for families being moved on and new families joining the sessions throughout the programme.
Children will benefit from intergenerational arts, crafts and play activities with their parent and trained members of staff in a secure play environment; and from story and rhyme time sessions to help them prepare for nursery and develop some key communication and language skills.
Parents will attend the same sessions, and will gain understanding of key topics such as the UK education and health systems, including maternity and health visiting services; information about childcare for 2, 3 and 4-year olds, and key language to help them to engage with their child’s nursery and support their learning.
They will have the opportunity to mix with other parents outside of the hotel setting, while developing their own skills. Expectant parents will also be encouraged to join the sessions, which will be supported by experienced tutors with an understanding of ESOL needs and of bilingualism.