Evaluation of the Early learning is Fun Program: Final Report 2012-2014
Berry Street Early Learning is Fun (ELF) Play and Learn Groups are a model of intensive supported playgroup for vulnerable parents with children aged 0-3 years from specific communities where vulnerability is related either to their refugee background status or to their socio-geographic status. Like all playgroups, the ELF Play and Learn Groups are voluntary and offer safe and familiar environments for parents and children to play and learn together with an emphasis on parental participation and child directed learning. ELF Play and Learn Groups intend to integrate with local Early Years and Family Support systems to offer effective early intervention for vulnerable families and to reduce the incidence of notifications to child protection services.
The Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH) was appointed as the evaluator of the ELF Program. There were three components to the evaluation. The first component involved a literature review and consultation with experienced staff to inform the development of the ELF program. The second component was a detailed analysis in 2013 of whether the program was meeting the objectives established at project commencement. This was repeated again in 2014 with the addition of a broader impact evaluation of the program.
A detailed account of the program components, evaluation approach and the findings can be found in the full report, and an overview in the Summary Report.