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Cheshire East Council is running a series of free online webinars for parents offering support during home-schooling and helping children catch up on their education.

The sessions are being held in association with Literacy Counts – an experienced training provider for promoting literacy skills in young children.

The sessions will be hosted on the video conferencing application, Zoom, and have been introduced to help parents and their primary age children to develop strategies to promote literacy skills.

The initial session will focus on a love of reading, encouraging positive interactions around books.

They also offer important, innovative support for parents, which will help them to understand how they can help their children to progress and succeed in their learning.

The first of the three scheduled sessions – ‘reading adventure for parents’ – will take place on Thursday February 11 at 3pm, before being repeated in the evening to fit in with parent availability at 7pm.

Parents can ask questions they may have related to their child’s learning, while receiving a series of takeaway activities that can be carried out in their home.

Cllr Kathryn Flavell, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for children and families, said: “We are so pleased to be able to reach out to parents and carers and offer these remote sessions at a time when they are facing difficult circumstances, with many people juggling working from home alongside home-schooling.

“Reading is so important to not only develop the learning and literacy skills of young children, but to help nurture their concentration skills, imagination and vocabulary.

“Reading for leisure also offers a great form of escapism that can work wonders for children’s mental health, which is something we must continue to prioritise during this increased lockdown period.

“I would encourage all parents of primary age children to attend these sessions, to not only get help and learn how to support and encourage their child’s learning, but to link in with other parents and take the opportunity to ask any questions they may have.”

Attendees are encouraged to leave feedback to inform the content of future sessions, so that a programme of valuable and useful content can be delivered, all of which will really make a positive impact on the learning and wellbeing of children in Cheshire East.

To join the 11 February 3-4pm Zoom session, follow this link: using the meeting ID: 914 7888 3218, passcode: 777418.

To join the repeated session on 11 February at 7-8pm, use this link: using the meeting ID: 974 4236 7663, passcode: 48926. Please note that prior registration is not necessary.

Those who are not able to access these sessions online will still be able to receive handouts and activities from the webinars.

To request an activity pack, please email [email protected] and one of the team will be in touch to co-ordinate this.

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