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Improving children’s literacy

 
Created on 09/02/2017 @ 07:20
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A scheme to encourage a love of books among babies and their families is to continue through a new partnership agreement between Powys County Council and BookTrust Cymru.

The Bookstart scheme provides every child in Wales with two bilingual packs which are distributed by health visitors in the first year of a child’s life and again at 15-27 months.

The new partnership agreement between the council and BookTrust Cymru will see the packs being distributed to babies in Powys during 2017-18.

The scheme, an early intervention and literacy programme for children, is delivered as a partnership between BookTrust Cymru, the council’s Library Service and health visitors across Wales. The programme is funded by the Welsh Government.

The scheme also supports active participation with all libraries across Wales.

The packs include guidance and library resources to support partners and carers to develop children’s literacy and language skills in English and Welsh.

“Supporting literacy provision at an early stage in a child’s life is fundamental to early intervention and literacy development in the county,” said Cllr Graham Brown, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Library Services.

In Powys during 2015-16:

·      860 Bookstart ‘Baby packs’ were distributed through health visitors

·      Follow up ‘Early Years’ packs included a further 860 packs distributed

PICTURE: (from left) Helen Wear, Health Visitor from Powys Teaching Health Board; Cllr Graham Brown; and Trish Thomas, Powys County Council’s Reader Development Librarian with the Bookstart / Dechrau Da packs.


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