Parents and carers of pre-school children with special needs are invited to the launch of two new Stay & Play sessions in Bradford libraries.
Coun Anne Hawkesworth, Executive Member for Environment & Culture, said: "We believe children will benefit from these welcoming and relaxing events, especially since the toys and books have been bought specifically for children with special needs."
The sessions will start at Central Library in Bradford on Monday, 8 June, at 1.30pm. and at Keighley Library on Wednesday, 10 June, at 9.30am. The sessions will then run every second week each month.
There will also be a story and rhymes read by a Babies Can Sign teacher at both sessions which is a great start to building communication skills and confidence in all young children.
The sessions will provide the opportunity for children, parents and carers to play, look at books and socialise together.
At each first session libraries will launch the Bookstart Bookshine pack, which is aimed at children with a hearing impairment. Each child will receive a bag containing two books, an advice leaflet on sharing books with a child with hearing impairment and a list of recommended books, organisations and resources.
Children with a visual impairment will receive a Booktouch pack if they have not already received one.
The events also support the district's b someone campaign which is all about adults spending more time with children and young people to help them develop their skills and fulfil their potential by doing everyday activities together, such as reading, playing, counting and cooking.
Early Years Development Officer for Libraries
Telephone: 01274 433993
Media Relations Officer
Telephone: 01274 434665
Fax: 01274 432005