We help children get ready for school with event at Serpentine Green shopping centre

23 Oct 2018
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Parents and carers in Peterborough are invited to an event this week to help their child prepare for primary school.

The National Literacy Trust Hub in Peterborough, known locally as Peterborough Reads, is working in partnership with a variety of organisations across Peterborough to ensure that all children are ready to learn and succeed when they start school.

The special school readiness event is on Thursday 25 October at the Serpentine Green shopping centre, between 10am and 4pm. The stall will be located outside Outlet.

Professionals from the National Literacy Trust, City College Peterborough, Spurgeons Children’s Centres, Vivacity, Family Action and Peterborough City Council will be on hand to advise parents about the transition process from home or nursery into school. There will also be information available about the government’s 30 hour offer for childcare.

Pre-school children will be able to take part in free activities with their parents and carers, including storytelling sessions and craft activities, and every child will go home with a free book from the National Literacy Trust. The activities, such as sorting and pegging out socks, are all designed to give parents and carers ideas they can do at home with their children to make the transition into school as smooth as possible.

The event is being supported by partners including Family Action, Spurgeons Children’s Charity and Vivacity.

Sally Atkinson, Manager of the National Literacy Trust Hub in Peterborough, said: “The start of primary school can be a difficult time for both children and parents, so we’re delighted to be hosting this event to help them begin to prepare for the transition. So much of a child’s development is driven by their home learning environment and we will be offering parents really practical tips they can take home and do in their own space.

“We would like to say a big thank you to Serpentine Green for hosting this event and all our brilliant local partners for their support.”