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Reading Skills

Children learn best through play and fun experiences. This is especially true in the early years. There can be pressure for your child to be learning to read and write before school but there is plenty of time and every child is different.

Your child will learn things at their own pace. Helping your child have the physical, social and emotional skills to cope with the move to big school is important. They will learn by playing and having fun with you, other friends and family -

Children love to find out new things. Story time and counting games are a great way to spend time together and build their concentration span. Some children will be interested in sounding out words in stories, or learning how to draw the letters for their names. If they want to do this, that’s great. If they are not interested just get back to enjoying the story, or drawing shapes. They will get there in their own time. If they are not ready they will not enjoy it or learn from it. They might even begin to feel bad about themselves.

If you want to understand more about what your child will be learning about in the early days of reception talk to their nursery and / or school to find out more.

Who Can Help?

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.

*Click Here* to speak to other Norfolk parents and carers on our online community forum. 

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