PARENTS have been getting involved in early learning projects to boost their children’s education in Kirklees.

‘Parents as Partners’ projects took place in Paddock, Batley and Heckmondwike to test new ways of involving parents in their children’s early learning and language development.

They worked with staff in nurseries, children’s centres and voluntary group Khandaani Dhek Bhal in Heckmondwike. More than 80 staff took part.

To celebrate the success of the projects more than 300 people attended a party at Batley East Children’s Centre. Parents and children enjoyed games, jewellery-making and music.

The projects were co-ordinated by Kirklees Council’s Early Years Service. Its head, Christine Renshaw, said: “This project explored with parents the important role they have in their child’s early learning and development.

“It was heartwarming to see parents enjoying the time spent learning and playing not just with their own children but all of the children at the centre.

“A true measure of the success of the project was watching the adults engaging in project activities. I found it difficult to distinguish between parents and members of staff. This is a testament of the genuine partnership with parents.”

The Kirklees project is being used as a national case study, with staff going to a national conference in Harrogate to share experiences.