Sharing REAL with Parents

Professional support to develop your child's early speaking, reading and writing skills

What is it?

Sharing REAL is training for parents and carers. We'll give you the very best advice on how to support your child's early speaking, reading and writing skills.  

The next course of four free sessions will run at Loughborough Children’s Centre.

- Tuesday 26th April

- Tuesday 3rd May

- Tuesday 10th May

- Tuesday 17th May

All sessions are 1.15pm – 3.15pm.  

Please email Catherine on: or call her on: 07432 739939 to sign up or find out more information.

What is the purpose?

Sharing 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 aims are to help parents feel confident and knowledgeable about what steps to take. 

How does it work?

Through discussions and practical activities, parents will gain ideas on how to support young children with books, early writing, songs and rhymes and how to make use of all the print around them in their home, in the street, and in the shops.

Children's centre staff will run a creche during each session, so you can join the group knowing that your child is being cared for by qualified practitioners.  

What happens in a session?

The training comprises four two-hour sessions.

The sessions are fun and interactive, giving plenty of time for talking and sharing ideas around the four strands of literacy: books; early writing; environmental print (signs, logos, shops etc); and oral language.

Parents will also be introduced to the principle of 'ORIM' which is the idea that there are four main ways in which they can help their children’s literacy development through:

  • Opportunities for literacy
  • Recognising children’s achievements
  • Interacting
  • Modelling literacy use.

What are the outcomes?

Through attending the sessions parents will have two major outcomes.

  1. Enhance their knowledge and understanding of how they can engage children in early literacy activities.
  2. Examples of what to look for in children's development across the four strands of literacy.

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How can I get involved?

This is a universal service and all LEAP parents are welcome to attend at any of the venues where it takes place. 

Get in touch with Catherine for further info or to book: 

Call: 07432 739939


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