The Welsh Government has announced funding to provide 10,000 free books to children living in some of Wales' most disadvantaged communities.
Those living in Flying Start areas will benefit from the scheme, and will receive a book bag containing a bilingual and English language book, a set of crayons and a scribble pad.
A child's early language skills are hugely important to their later learning outcomes and their life chances. The link between home reading and a child's future achievement is well known and that is why we are funding these extra books for children in Flying Start areas.
Research shows that a pupil's reading scores are higher and improve more quickly in families who are engaged in reading activities at home.
This approach is central to our work to make sure all children, no matter where they are born, have the right start in life and the same opportunities as others.
– Vaughan Gething, Deputy Minister for Tackling Poverty
A new study commissioned by the Big Lottery Fund today is aiming to explore and develop new ways of transforming the life chances of children and young people in care in Wales over the next 10 years.
The study could also pave the way for a new £5 million investment which could dramatically improve the outcomes of children in care in Wales. The latest figures show that there are nearly 6,000 children in care in Wales, an increase of 20% over the last five years.
The study shows children aren't getting involved with their natural surroundings and more education is needed outside the classroom to improve a child's health and wellbeing.
For the first time, we have created a baseline that we and others can use to measure just how connected to nature children really are. By adopting this new approach, we can all monitor children's connection and we are recommending that governments and local authorities take action to increase it through policy and practice decisions.