About Craigmillar Books for Babies
Craigmillar Books for Babies is an early literacy project which aims to encourage and support parents and carers to share books and stories with their babies.
We promote reading as a relevant and worthwhile source of pleasure, which enhances children's early development. We also believe that reading and book-sharing enhance early communication and strengthen the bond between the parent/carer and child.
Using an assets-based approach we support and encourage parents to give their child the best start in life. We work with partners in:
- Social work
- Speech and language
- Libraries and
- Family learning.
This ensures that every family living in Craigmillar with a child under 4 is given the opportunity to engage with the project in a way that meets the hopes and expectations of each family.
A range of programmes and resources are offered including:
- 1:1 support in the home
- Baby and Toddler Rhymetimes in the library
- Outreach to baby clinics and parent and toddler groups
- Volunteering opportunities
- Books, CDs and dual language resources.
The main aims of Craigmillar Books for Babies are to:
- Provide every family of a new born baby in the Craigmillar area with a selection of free books and information promoting the enjoyment of reading
- Encourage parents and carers to actively involve their children with books and rhymes at an early age.
- Promote the enjoyment of sharing stories and rhymes through regular events and home visits
- Support parents/carers to develop their own understanding of the important role they play in their children's development.
We work with over 650 families in the Craigmillar area with children under the age of 4. The project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and externally evaluated every 3 years.
Craigmillar Books for Babies was set up in 1998 and is a project of the Craigmillar Literacy Trust, a company limited by guarantee with charitable status. The project's patron is Patrick Benson, illustrator of the world famous Owl Babies. You can donate to the work of Craigmillar Literacy Trust. Find out more about Craigmillar Literacy Trust on Localgiving.com.