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Free books for children living in disadvantaged areas

The Welsh Government has announced funding to provide 10,000 free books to children living in the most disadvantaged areas of Wales

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Vaughan Gething: "The link between home reading and a child's future achievement is well known"

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

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