Early literacy and communication skills

July 6, 2019

I have welcomed a new national campaign to help boost children’s early literacy and communication skills, ensuring that every child gets the best start in life.


Every parent wants to give their child the best start to life, but not everyone has family support at hand. As we all know, there is no manual telling us how to do everything right!


The Government has launched a new three year ‘Hungry Little Minds’ campaign will give parents access to video tips, advice and suggested games to help with earlier learning.


Up to 1,8000 new school-based nursery places have also been announced, to be created in disadvantaged areas so more children can access high-quality early education, backed by a £22 million investment.

While the percentage of children reaching a good level of development by the end of Reception has increased from 51.7% to 71.5% since 2013, more than one in four children still leaves Reception without the key communication skills they need to thrive. Although this occurs in all income groups, these children are disproportionately from the lowest-income families.


The Hungry Little Minds campaign will tackle the barriers some parents face in supporting their child’s learning at home, including time, confidence and ideas of things to do.


Evidence shows that if there’s a gap at the very start of school then it tends to persist, so it’s really important that we have a relentless focus on improving early communication. This campaign is a great approach and I am sure it will be welcomed by parents across Mansfield and Warsop

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