Rosie Joins Doncaster Schools in Baby Celebration

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14 Jul 2016
Action for Children held a celebration where pupils from across schools in Doncaster said a big thank you
to 20 ‘Tiny Teachers’ (babies) at a ‘graduation’ to recognise the contribution that the babies and their parents have made this year to help over 500 children take part in the Roots of Empathy programme. 

The ‘Roots of Empathy’ programme encourages children to interact in a nurturing manner by bringing a
baby ‘Tiny Teacher’ and parent into the classroom, and helps school children to better understand their own feelings and the feelings of others and aims to close the attainment gap for pupils. 

Rosie says “I was really pleased to meet with the parents and babies who took part this year in the Roots of Empathy programme in schools and to find out about how they have been able to interact with pupils and how this has had a positive effect on their behaviour.” 

In this pilot year the programme has been delivered by the charity Action for Children to 20 primary classes in Doncaster, across 10 schools, and will be uplifted to a further 30 schools next year. Parents and babies attend class nine times throughout the school year  and trained instructors guide pupils in labelling baby’s emotions, raising the level of empathy among classmates. 

Action for Children commissioned a study which they say revealed the programme significantly reduces childhood aggression and bullying by up to 76%, with serious results among pupils who display higher levels of aggressive behaviour.  

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Rosie Winterton MP for Doncaster Central
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