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Hungry Little Minds early communication skills campaign

Could ‘Hungry Little Minds’ help your pre-schooler’s speech & language?

by Gemma Melling

Families in Knowsley with young children – from newborn babies up to five-years-old – could benefit from a campaign which aims to give a boost to their early literacy and communication skills.

Knowsley Council is supporting the ‘Hungry Little Minds’ campaign, launched by the Department for Education. The three year campaign includes a range of ideas to support children’s learning at home, or as part of everyday activities such as doing the shopping or catching the bus. It’s based on research which finds that the first years of life are crucial for a child’s development – and what happens at home plays a vital role.

How can I help my child’s development?

Reading, playing and chatting with them are simple things parents can do to help their child to develop.

The Hungry Little Minds campaign can give you ideas for fun activities you can do with your young child which will help them in later years, based on the concept “to help me thrive, feed my brain”.

On the Hungry Little Minds website, you’ll find materials and ideas including short videos and simple, fun activities that you and your child can do together, broken down by different age categories. It also suggests ways in which you can find the time and confidence to boost your child’s literacy and communication.

In addition, the Hungry Little Minds website includes a postcode finder service where you can search for activities going on in your local area.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “We all want the best for our children, and investing in their early years will reap rewards later on when they progress through school and beyond.

“This campaign aims to make learning easier at home, with ideas around how you bring learning into your everyday routine.

“I’m delighted to support the Hungry Little Minds campaign and would encourage parents to take a look at how they can enhance their child’s learning at home.”

To find out more, visit the Hungry Little Minds website.