Thousands benefit from project to encourage reading

UP to 6,000 families have benefited from research by the University of Sheffield showing how parents can help their children’s early development skills in literacy.

Researchers from The University of Sheffield, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, planned to use the approach with around 60 families – but discovered around 6,000 had benefited.

Professor Cathy Nutbrown, of the university’s Department of Education, said she was delighted the initial 20 practitioners had shared the approach with 300 colleagues.

She said: “We have been excited to see how the early years practitioners involved in this project are taking our ideas and developing them further to work with parents who have young children, so that they can help develop their interest in literacy from an early age.”

The learning method was named ‘Opportunities, Recognition, Interaction and Models Framework in the Raising Early Achievement Literacy Project’.

The project highlighted the vital role parents have in helping their children to develop important literacy skills early on.

The research showed the best way parents can contribute is through embracing literacy, singing nursery rhymes, story telling and letting their children watch them read and write.