Families engage with each other in special ways when focussing on the story of a special piece of art or an amazing historical object. They bring it to life in their own context, and together they share an experience that becomes part of their own family story. The museums and galleries in these resources understand how important and powerful that connection is, they provide a space for young children and families just to be together and discover something special.
In the SiS Catalyst project, “listening” is intended as a dialogue between young people and a higher education institution or a science and society activity organiser. It is intended as the first, essential step to empower young people and drive institutional change. Read more in this practical guide from the Kindermuseum.
A resource for museum and gallery staff who want to develop their work with families, for family learning practitioners who want to work with museums and galleries and for early years practitioners whose work overlaps with family learning. Use the typology provided to identify the family learning you already provide, to identify actions for improving practice, and to plan family learning sessions.
This report evaluates family learning days with mothers (all aged 17-22) and children (all aged under 3) at the Fitzwilliam Museum. It finds evidence of enjoyment among the children and mothers, and changing attitudes to museums and galleries among the mothers.
With the revised Early Years Foundation Stage published in March 2012, this is a good time to examine the learning value of museums to very young children. It is also timely to gather evidence of the positive impact museums can have on children’s development and family relationships, with the early intervention agenda still high on the political agenda.