Cambridgeshire's Community Literacy Project
Cambridgeshire's Community Literacy Project 'Talking Together in Cambridgeshire' aims to enable children across the project reach areas to develop strong communication, language and literacy skills, and to inspire families to become more involved in their children's development.
Talking Together in Cambridgeshire will run in consultation with the National Literacy Trust across the following four areas:
• North East Cambridge City
• March and Chatteris
Maps of each reach area can be found at the bottom of this page.
Why do we need this project?
In some areas of Cambridgeshire, children are not progressing as well at school as in other parts of the country. We know that at least part of the reason for this is that children’s early language and literacy development isn’t at the expected level.
Through analysing Early Years Foundation Stage data across the county, it is possible to identify where children progress less well with their early language and literacy. The Community Literacy Project aims to target additional funding for language and literacy activities for young children, their families and their communities in these areas.
How does the project operate?
We have already started engaging with individuals and organisations in communities, and are open to making further links.
The County Council has funding available for community-based groups to bid for, so that they can deliver activities which support communication, language and literacy development.
The County Council is also offering training courses for childminders and early years practitioners. We are working in partnership with Cambridgeshire Music to bring family music activities to each of our reach areas.
When will the project start and how long will it run for?
The project was launched in April 2018, and will run for four years.
How much funding will be available?
Initially, there will be £20,000 per area available for the bidding process in 2018-2019. A new round of funding will be launched on an annual basis. The amount to be awarded after 2018-2019 has yet to be determined.
What about other areas of Cambridgeshire? How can they get involved?
Funding has been agreed for the four areas identified above. However, we know that there are children and families all across the county who would benefit from additional support with early language and literacy. As this project progresses we will identify and publish examples of good practice and successful activities, so that groups outside of the project areas can utilise this learning.
Our Facebook page offers everyone across the county information on communication, language and literacy development, and fun activities that can be used by parents and practitioners to support the needs of children.
Cambridgeshire.net website includes a directory of activities and courses with a Talking Together in Cambridgeshire focus.
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How can I ask a question?
We will gather and publish a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) over time, and publish them on this web page. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact:
Photo credits: National Literacy Trust, Suffolk Libraries & Early Years Service