This course is for practitioners and volunteers working in the community to support individual families. The training will enable them to enhance their family support work with songs, rhymes and stories. Bookbug for the Home is a flexible approach that can be used to support mums, dads and carers with sharing songs, rhymes and stories with their children (0-5 years old), particularly where they face barriers to participation due to their personal circumstances.
The course provides all of the theoretical and practical knowledge, and resources they will need to deliver Bookbug activities while working one to one with a family, either in a family’s home or digitally. This course is aimed at practitioners and volunteers who do not have a lot of experience with sharing songs, rhymes and stories.
Our interactive training is a balance of practical exercises and researched-based theory about book sharing, music and child development.
Although delegates will participate in songs and rhymes in the group, delegates will not be asked to sing on their own.
Please note that this training course is not for those who wish to run Bookbug Sessions with groups of families. If you are interested in delivering Bookbug Sessions, please see our page on Bookbug Session Leader Training.
If you are already a trained Bookbug Session Leader, we may not be able to offer you a place on this training course as our funding is limited and we may need to prioritise those who have received no previous training with Bookbug.
If you have already attended Bookbug for the Home training, and are looking for a refresher, please register for Bookbug for the Home Refresher training.
The course will offer a range of learning opportunities for delegates to:
- Build their understanding of the importance of songs, rhymes and stories for both children and families
- Learn and practise songs and rhymes, and consider how to build these activities into their current practice to encourage families to sing and rhyme
- Explore a range of picture books and practise reading aloud
- Signpost families to Bookbug Sessions and online resources
Format and length
5 hours and 30 minutes, comprised of
- 2 x 2 hour live interactive online sessions, a week apart. Attendance is required at both to complete Bookbug for the Home training. There will be a comfort break halfway through each session.
- 1 hour 30 minutes of self-directed learning (30 minutes of work before the first live session, 1 hour of work after the first live session.)
Funded at no cost for participants
How to apply for Bookbug for the Home training
Due to high demand, spaces on our public Bookbug for the Home training is awarded through an application process.
- Be affiliated with an organisation, either as a member of staff or a volunteer, which will support the applicant’s use of Bookbug for the Home
- Be planning to use the Bookbug for the Home approach with families with children (0-5 years old), not just with children by themselves.
- Be over 16
- Be a member of the PVG scheme
This training course is aimed at family support workers, early years workers, social workers and social work assistants, members of health visiting teams, speech and language therapists, prison visitor centre staff and other family outreach workers, as well as volunteers who work in such capacities.
If you have any questions or you need additional support with the application process, please contact the Bookbug team at firstname.lastname@example.org 0131 524 0179.
Upcoming Bookbug for the Home training dates are listed below. Click a training date to apply via Eventbrite.
The Bookbug team will review your application, and will confirm your application status 4-6 weeks before the training date.
Please note, demand for places is high, and applying for a date on Eventbrite does not guarantee you a place on the training date. However, you are welcome to apply for more than one date.
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The online application form is completed through Eventbrite, and must be completed in one attempt. We therefore recommend that the applicant prepares answers to the questions before attempting to complete the online application form. You can download a copy of the questions below.
This application should only be completed by the prospective delegate. If you are awarded a place on a training course, this is not transferable to another member of staff – it is for the named person only.
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