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Language for Literacy hosting family event to help build early literacy skills

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Wednesday 17 April 2024

The States Early Years Team is hosting a Language for Literacy Family Event inviting families with three- to five-year-olds to come and take part in activities that build early literacy skills and teach simple ways to support learning at home.

It is celebrating the Language for Literacy Training Programme which has been running in early years settings this year.

A multi-agency event; practitioners from preschools, nurseries, the Bright Beginnings Children's Centre, the Library and the SEYT team will all be in attendance.

The Language for Literacy Programme focuses on the fact that developing good oral language and vocabulary can help children succeed when they start school. Early Years settings in the Bailiwick have been taking part in a training programme on this, with 12 preschools and four receptions having completed the Programme.

Zara Betts, Specialist Early Years Speech and Language Therapist, said:

"This event celebrates the Language for Literacy Programme that has been running this academic year. Training modules on Oral Language and Vocabulary, Books, Phonological Awareness, Environmental Print and Mark Making have been delivered to practitioners, and these five areas underpin literacy and provide children with vital skills before they start reading and writing.

"Sharing books with babies and young children on a regular basis is crucial to developing a love of stories and an interest in reading for pleasure. Phonological awareness forms the foundations for reading and writing. These skills include syllable awareness, rhyme and listening for sounds in words. Developing an awareness of print in the environment helps children learn that symbols have meaning.

"This event will give families a chance to come and learn all about this first hand with their children."

The settings that have taken part now have the opportunity to gain a "Language for Literacy Award" by demonstrating they are sharing key messages about early literacy with the families and show they are supporting children to develop these skills in their everyday activities.

The event is taking place at Bright Beginnings Children's Centre at 1-3pm on Saturday 27th April, and focuses on children aged three- to five-years old.

An Alderney based event will be taking place later in the year.

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