Endorsed by Professor Eileen Munro the Tales of Bushey Lane is the first children’s book that has been specifically written and illustrated to assist those who are working with children and their families, to effectively communicate with children in order to gain a full understanding of their life experiences and to assess the level and quality of the parenting they are receiving.
Purchased separately, the book comes with optional Activity Packs, which can be completed during the session/s with the child and are used to expand on the themes within the book and further encourage the child to talk about their life experiences. Used within a social care setting the book has proven to be an effective assessment tool during initial child and family assessments, Section 47 investigations, can be used during Special Guardianship assessments and has been used to interview the birth children of prospective foster carers.
Used within a education and early years setting it enables professionals to assess the child’s understanding of their identity which will then provide information for their learning journal. It meets the EYFS learning goal: People and communities: ‘children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions’.
Whilst the book and packs are designed for children within the 3 to 8 year age range they are equally as effective for older children who may have learning difficulties. It has proven to be a very effective tool when used, alongside an interpreter, with children whose English is not their first language. A one-day training course and bespoke in-house training is available. Details are available in the training section.