'Taal voor Thuis' (‘Language for home’) is a family literacy initiative currently taking place across The Netherlands. The programme is aimed at parents/ carers with children aged 2 to 12 years old. Unique to this programme in The Netherlands is the combination of training parents in home learning strategies for language and literacy development, alongside developing their own Dutch literacies and self-sufficiency. All these three aspects are given equal importance in the programme. Language for Home is funded by the Dutch government’s Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The programme is part of the national pilot ‘Taal voor het Leven’ (‘Language for Life’), a four-year programme, due to continue until 2016.
This good practice was described by Christine Clement, programme leader for the pilot, and Claire Collins, an educational adviser for the programme.
The good practice is pepperd with a number of references to research data.