REAL (Raising Early Achievement in Literacy)

REAL (Raising Early Achievement in Literacy) is a programme for parents to support children’s literacy skills at home early in their lives.  You can find out more information and sign up at childcare settings such as nurseries, children’s centres and primary schools within the four LEAP wards of Lambeth Tulse Hill, Stockwell and Coldharbour.

REAL aims to build parent’s confidence in how they can support literacy within the home and help their children’s learning and development in communication and language.

The programme involves

  • Looking at activities you can do to support your child at home.
  • Learning about the fours strands of literacy - books, early writing environmental print and oral language. 
  • Introducing the principle of ‘ORIM’ which is the idea that there are four main ways in which parents can help their children’s literacy development through; providing opportunities for literacy, recognising children’s achievements, interacting and modelling literacy use.

How can you get involved?

If you have children who are aged three years or under and you live in the LEAP wards of Vassall, Coldharbour, Tulse Hill and Stockwell you are eligible.

You can find out more information and join the programme either through your nursery, children’s centre or primary school, or by attending your own accredited training, where a crèche will be offered.

Parents who become part of the REAL programme are really surprised at what their child can do and feel more confident in supporting their chid at home.  They also find that they have more confidence to talk to practitioners about their child’s learning and development.


If you would like to get involved then please contact;

Jacqui McDermid  -

Jo Gordon -