Our Read North East campaign has teamed up with Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council and Public Health South Teesside to launch an early years partnership in the town.
To improve the outcomes of pre-school children, The Redcar early years partnership will be bringing our Early Words Together programme to 20 settings across Redcar and Cleveland, aiming to reach more than 400 families over the next two years. The project will also incorporate other Read North East campaign activity, such as book giveaways or storytelling events, that will happen biennially within the town.
Early Words Together trains early years staff and volunteers to work with parents and children aged three to five, building parents’ confidence so that they can support their children’s communication, language and literacy skills at home. Research shows that parents and the home learning environment (HLE) play a crucial role in tackling the early word gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers, supporting early literacy skills and helping children to fulfil their potential.
Read North East is a creative campaign from the North East Literacy Forum, led by the National Literacy Trust and supported by Penguin Random House UK, the Education Endowment Foundation and Greggs PLC. Aimed at improving literacy levels across the region, a key focus of the campaign is encouraging parents of early years children to change their literacy behaviours.
An official event to launch the Redcar early years partnership will take place in the New Year. Please continue to check the Read North East website for updates.