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DfE - Early communication and literacy programme

A new national campaign has been launched with ideas to support children's learning at home, or as part of everyday activities like catching the bus or doing the shopping.

Families will get ideas on how to use everyday opportunities, like going to the shops and playing make-believe games, as part of a relentless society-wide effort to improve the early literacy and language skills in the years before children start school.

On 2 July 2019 the Education Secretary Damian Hinds:

  • launched a new three year ‘Hungry Little Minds’ campaign to give parents access to video tips, advice and suggested games to help with early learning;
  • announced up to 1,800 new school-based nursery places, to be created in disadvantaged areas so more children can access high-quality early education, backed by a £22 million investment; and
  • set out the criteria for high quality educational apps that parents can use with their children, including promoting interactive learning and play.

Further information is available on the DfE website - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/society-wide-mission-to-boost-early-literacy-and-communication