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Real Heroes Read Books

Children in Cornwall are falling behind with the essential skills needed for starting school, according to the latest education data.  

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 across the UK, more than one in four children still leaves reception without the key communication skills they need to thrive.

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In Cornwall, that figure drops to 68.8%, which is why Together for Families from Cornwall Council is launching a new campaign to encourage parents and carers to talk with children and to read with them.  Real Heroes Read Books, which launches on the 23rd of September, focusses on reading as a transformative super power that can take you anywhere and, can help children’s imaginations to thrive.

Cabinet Member for Children and Well Being, Councillor Sally Hawken, said: “We all want the best for our children; supporting them to take every opportunity and we can do this by supporting the development of their language skills.  Sadly, too many children are starting school without these – and all too often, if there’s a gap at the very start of school, it tends to persist, and grow.

“The Real Heroes Read Books campaign is designed to inspire children into reading and using their imagination and will tackle the barriers some parents face in supporting their child’s learning, including time, confidence and ideas of things to do.”

As part of the campaign inspirational people from around Cornwall, including actor Rory Wilton, who has appeared in Poldark, Doc Martin and the Fisherman Friends movie, along with Inspector Rick Milburn from Devon and Cornwall Police have recorded bedtime stories, which will be broadcast on the Together for Families Facebook page.

There are also pop up story telling sessions, events at libraries across Cornwall, including family fun days planned for the 5th, 12th and 19th of October and a writing competition for older siblings.

Head of Early Years at Cornwall Council Carol Kimberley said: “We are really excited about the opportunity to support all families to have fun reading and encouraging their children to learn to love and explore books and in so doing to develop a love of language which will help them throughout life”

The campaign is being supported by the Cornwall Council library service, who will also be offering parents and children the opportunity to sign up to a free library card.

For more information please visit our web page Real heroes read books.