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Coronavirus: Education charity offers help to families in need

Coronavirus: Education charity offers help to families in need

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Jake Webster at 11:24am 25th March 2020.

Free resources to Harrogate families

  • The National Literacy Trust launches free online zone for parents seeking ideas to keep children learning.
  • It means Harrogate families can access learning resources for free during the pandemic.

An education charity is offering free resources to help Harrogate families in need during the coronavirus lockdown.

The National Literacy Trust has launched an online zone for parents seeking ideas to keep their children learning – after the government closed all schools for everyone except vulnerable children and those with a parent identified as a key worker.

Jonathan Douglas, Chief Executive at the charity, said:

“During these unprecedented times, we want to ensure that every parent across the UK has access to a wide range of exciting activities that will engage their children at home, whilst also supporting their literacy development.”

Some schools in the Harrogate district have this week remained open – but only for students who “absolutely need” to attend.

Through the National Literacy Trust’s online zone,  families can access reading and writing activities, book lists, videos, audio books, competitions and reading challenges, made for early years to early teens.

The charity also confirmed new activities and resources will be added regularly – as the it develops new features over the coming weeks.



Mr Douglas added:

“From live story time with incredible children’s authors to building your very own reading den at home – our Family Zone has something for everyone.”

Who are ‘key workers’?

The key worker’s jobs are considered critical for the response to the pandemic. The full list includes:

– Front-line health workers such as doctors and nurses

– Some teachers and social workers

– Workers in key public services including those essential to the justice system, religious staff and public service journalists

– Local and national government workers deemed crucial to delivering essential public services

– Workers involved in food production processing, distribution, sale and delivery

– Public safety workers including police, armed forces personnel, firefighters and prison staff

– Essential air, water, road and rail transport workers

– Utilities, communication and financial services staff, including postal workers and waste disposal workers

Explore the National Literacy Trust’s Family Zone at  www.literacyfamilyzone.org.uk