The Abecedarian approach is based on an evidence-based collection of teaching and learning strategies developed by Professor Joseph Sparling, a Canadian expert in the field of early childhood education. Talk is central to the approach which aims to increase the number of ‘adult-child interactions’ in all activities. Research proves that this approach improves the
- Intellectual development,
- Academic success,
- Socio-economic, and
- Health outcomes
for children, and is particularly helpful for vulnerable children to change life outcomes.
Teachers assess the children to ascertain each child’s development and strengths so they can systematically and deliberately plan individualised learning opportunities in conversational reading, learning games and enriched care giving.
The more opportunities, or dosages, that children experience, the greater the benefit. There is a strong focus on intentional teaching.
Our Teachers and Educators
In addition, a team of Volunteers have been trained in the Abecedarian approach, and work with the children daily.