‘In-the-Picture’ – new research opportunity for services (October 2021 update)

In the picture

'In-the-Picture’, the free online training course for Portage Home Visitors and early childhood practitioners, has been available since January 2020. In-the-Picture is an innovative approach which helps those supporting very young children with learning difficulties explore what everyday experiences and activities are like from the child’s perspective and plan accordingly. 

Founder, John Parry joined us at the last virtual NPA members meeting to give us an update, please see further details below:- 

It was a pleasure to join your recent online members meeting to update everyone on the latest developments with ‘In-the-Picture’.

As I outlined in the session, ‘In-the-Picture’ is an innovative approach which helps those supporting very young children with learning difficulties explore what everyday experiences and activities are like from the child’s perspective and plan accordingly.

The free online training course for Portage Home Visitors and early childhood practitioners that will help you put ‘In-the-Picture’ into practice, developed for the NPA, can be found on the Open University’s ‘OpenLearn’ platform at:

https://www.open.edu/openlearncreate/course/view.php?id=3590

This course was the result of research involving 10 Portage services. There is now an opportunity for you to take part in a further project which follows on from the original study. This is open to services and teams who use ‘In -the-Picture’ and is a response to the growing need for Portage services to support children in their transition to early years settings.

Portage Home Visitors who take part in this new research will be asked to introduce ‘In- the- Picture’ to another early years practitioner involved in a pre-school setting. The Portage Home Visitor will be able to use parts of the online course to help with this introduction, for example the film in session 1 which gives an overview of ‘In-the-Picture’. The pair will then use ‘In-the-Picture’ to support planning for a child who is starting or who has recently started in a pre-school setting. The only other commitment that the Home Visitor and practitioner will take on is to take part in a short telephone interview after a period of using In-the-Picture with the child that they are supporting. There will also be an opportunity to join in with an online group session with other practitioners involved in the research at the end of the project.

The project will run between November 2021 to June 2022 with the phone interviews taking place from March 2022 onwards.

If you are interested in taking part in the research or just want to receive some more information about what is involved, then please contact John Parry or Jonty Rix at the Open University and we will send you some more details.

john.parry@open.ac.uk        

jonathan.rix@open.ac.uk

Look forward to hearing from you.