Posted on Wednesday 1st November 2017
Ready Steady Library
Thanks to the support of local partners and a successful bid to Arts Council England's Libraries Opportunities for Everyone Innovation Fund, families in East Staffordshire are having fun this autumn learning how to help their child's development.
The innovative Ready Steady Library project, underway at Burton Library, is part of the county council’s work to increase the number of children classed as ‘school ready’ by the age of 5 – that is having the abilities and social skills necessary to be able to succeed at school.
The families, with children aged 6 months to 3 years, have been attending a free weekly session with Early Years' specialist and arts practitioner, Jacqui Shankly. The sessions include songs and activities which promote social and emotional skills, communication, language, literacy, numeracy, creativity, knowledge of the world and physical movement.
The activities are aimed to be low-cost or no-cost and the families are encouraged to try them out at home and bring their feedback to the next session. This feedback is then being used to help create activity boxes which can be used in the home by families or by organisations. The boxes, which will be free to borrow from any Staffordshire Library, will feature artwork by award-winning Staffordshire author and illustrator, Steve Smallman, and will be launched in early 2018.
The families taking part in Ready Steady Library are also making the most of their library membership, by borrowing books or e-books from Staffordshire Libraries every week to read and share at home, as well as getting involved with regular weekly library events, such as Baby Bounce and Rhyme and Tots Time.
For more information about the Ready Steady Library project or to discuss how you can get involved please contact Liz Gardner, Project Team Lead, by emailing email@example.com or via the Contact Centre on 0300 111 8000