LEAP NEWS - Early Years Minister Caroline Dinenage visits LEAP

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Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP) got a visit from Early Years Minister Caroline Dinenage (11 January), as she took a tour around the organisations facilities in Brixton.

The MP for Gosport talked with LEAP director Laura McFarlane and heard about LEAP programmes, including the breast feeding support group, REAL and our Parent Champions.

Caroline also took part in a ‘stay and play’ children’s session and saw the wonderful work done by the staff at the Liz Atkinson Centre.

Caroline Dinenage said: “Every child, no matter what their background or circumstance, should experience the joy of reading widely and well. Thanks to our dedicated early years staff, and through projects like LEAP and REAL, we are seeing an improvement year on year in literacy standards by age five.

“Parents are key to ensuring children get the best start in life, and they need the confidence to help boost their children’s learning at home. That’s why it’s so great to see the success of projects like these and the enthusiasm of their parent champions.”

Laura McFarlane, Director of LEAP said: “We were delighted to welcome Caroline Dinenage to LEAP today to see the work that we are doing in Lambeth. We are also glad Caroline was able to meet our Parent Champions, who do a fantastic job in building community bonds and informing other residents about our services.

“We know that the early years are crucial to the development of a child. We will continue to support and work with families and train practitioners in our three focused strands of social and emotional development, communication and language and diet and nutrition.

“It is our aim to make Lambeth the best place in the world for a child to be born and grow up. We already have lots of projects and initiatives up and running and have more in the pipeline in order to give the children of Lambeth the best start possible.”