ECALM at Nursery Enrolment

Evidence shows that learning to read starts early and that the development of early language skills is key to the educational outcomes for older children.

A report by Save the Children stated that ‘one in five poorer children in Scotland leave primary school unable to read well, four times higher than for children from the least disadvantaged backgrounds.’

The National practice guidance for early years in Scotland outlines the importance of family learning both at home and in the community in tackling this gap. ‘Family learning helps close the attainment gap through breaking inter-generational cycles of deprivation and low attainment’. Libraries and library staff have a key role to play in supporting the development of early language skills by giving parents and carers the confidence to support their children’s reading journey.

By offering library membership at nursery enrolment, we can help to build excitement about books through activities and inspiring community spaces that support early language and literacy skills.


13-15 month/27-30-month review - Reminder of how libraries support the Bookbug programme and early literacy, and that library membership will be offered at nursery enrolment.

To connect with the ECALM Champion in your area please contact us here

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