Cabinet set to invest in our children’s potential
Book gifting scheme at Airedale Library
Wakefield Council's Cabinet are being asked to extend the offer of a book gifting scheme for babies to improve the life chances of children across the district.
The Dolly Parton Imagination Library was launched in Airedale and Ferry Fryston in 2017 and now the Council's decision makers will be asked to roll it out to the whole northeast of the district.
The Imagination Library means that children born in the area are entitled to receive an age appropriate book each month, by post, right up until they start school.
It is a completely free service and the results and feedback in Airedale and Ferry Fryston have been extremely positive.
Cllr Faith Heptinstall, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said: "Supporting children's potential and early development is a key priority for the Council and we all know that books help grow great kids. We want our children and young people to be happy, healthy and ambitious for the future.
"The Imagination Library has helped to enhance our links with families and we know that improving life chances for children at the earliest stage will only be of huge advantage to our district in the future."
Out of 21 wards in Wakefield, 15 fall below the national average for the school readiness measure.
If approved, the scheme will be rolled out in the Castleford Central, Knottingley, Pontefract North and Pontefract South wards.
This will be complemented by a district-wide offer through libraries and Children First Hubs.
The Imagination Library will be delivered in conjunction with Spectrum Community Health CIC.
The report will be discussed at Cabinet on 8 October from 10.30am at Wakefield Town Hall. You can watch the meeting live or later at www.wakefield.gov.uk/livestream