Funding boost for literacy

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PARENTS and carers are set to receive help to support their children’s pre-school reading and writing skills as part of a £100,000 boost.

Derbyshire County Council is seeking approval to develop projects over the next two years to give parents the help they need to support the early development of language and literacy skills in their children.

Council leader Andrew Lewer said: “People who have poor reading and writing skills often learn to hide their problem.

“Subject to cabinet approval this funding would allow us to develop projects to help tackle the stigma and encourage people to step forward and get help.

“It would also highlight how improving reading and writing can be fun and rewarding − and show it is never too late.”

Detailed plans have not yet been developed but it is anticipated support would be provided through libraries and children’s centres, midwives and health visitors and also directly into local communities via parents and carers who volunteer to be trained as mentors and buddies to support other mums and dads.

It is also hoped the initiative would encourage parents to develop their own literacy skills to boost employment opportunities.