The Mouse Club Project
Achieve positive partnerships for transition and learning with families from the Early Years and up to the end of year 1.
Mouse Club supports the development of positive partnerships for learning between families and EYFS settings. The project allows you to meet parents as partners in their child's development and to enable them to share their knowledge of their child, their strengths and aptitudes.
Children receive a toy mouse as a transitional object before starting their educational journey. Mouse is a catalyst enabling school staff, parents and children to model, mentor and coach behaviours that maximise experiences and opportunities for learning in a gentle, inclusive and positive way.
Using the project framework and resources, you will be able to support the families' understanding of how their children learn and what they can do to provide a positive home learning environment. Mouse Club is designed to be a flexible project that you can easily deliver and adapt to suit the needs of your school community. The resources can be used with a small group or universally.
Mouse Club consists of:
- A project pack comprising:
- 18 activity cards
- 4 reward charts
- 12 leaflets for parents
- A wealth of additional supporting material
- Downloadable resources
- A starter pack of 8 toy mice, 8 Mouse Club bags and 8 'My Very Own Mouse' books.
- Guidance notes
This transition and learning project gives you a vehicle to work with parents. As partners in their child's development, parents share their knowledge of their child, their strengths and their aptitudes. Using the project framework and resources, you will be able to support the families' understanding of school readiness and provide opportunities for the families to engage in fun activities, ensuring their children are ready for learning and facilitating a smoother transition into school.
Once children have begun school, you can continue to use Mouse Club to support parents to provide a stimulating home learning environment throughout Nursery, Reception and Year 1, depending on the ability and need of the child. You can read more about the implementation of Mouse Club in our recent blog post here.
Mouse Club was developed as part of a Parent Engagement Fund study to measure the impact on parental behaviour and interaction with their children, including the home learning environment. Read the Sutton Trust Report here.