Talking Together in Cambridgeshire
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 is 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 Talking Together?
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 communication, language and literacy. Talking Together in Cambridgeshire aims to target additional funding for communication, language and literacy activities for young children, their families and their communities in these areas.
How do we 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 early years providers and community-based groups to bid for, so that they can deliver activities which support communication, language and literacy development.
The County Council also offers free training on communication, language and literacy development to early years providers and funded community groups operating in Talking Together reach areas.
Is funding available for community projects?
Talking Together in Cambridgeshire awarded nearly £62,000 to community projects in 2018-2019. Funding applications for a second round of funding are currently being considered. Details are available on the Funding page on this site.
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 communication, language and literacy.
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
Talking Together in Cambridgeshire flyer and reach area maps
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Photo credits: National Literacy Trust, Suffolk Libraries & Early Years Service