LUCKY youngster Nylah Field has secured a sponsorship deal to develop her language skills with the KalliKids Sponsored Child scheme.

The six-year-old, who has a daily battle with epilepsy, was selected for the scheme after three months of applications, interviews and trials with a variety of different providers of children’s activities and services.

Her mother Nikita Mcnamara said: “Nylah is a very outgoing little girl who is always keen to learn. She’s had a tough year after being diagnosed with epilepsy but has stayed focussed.”

The scheme launched in January 2014, and gives youngsters the chance to try something new, from swimming to piano, dance to tennis or even maths.

In 2014, 20 children from across the country benefited and this year more than 80 across England will take part.

Karen Bach, the founder of KalliKids, said: “It is amazing to be part of something that helps to inspire young people to try something new. As well as gaining new skills we want the children to gain confidence and self-esteem.”

“We plan to follow each child’s progress,” she said.

“They will all be encouraged to write about their experiences to inspire other children to try something new.

“We will also follow their progress with videos, photos and blogs so everyone can see how far they have come.”

Karen said: “An activity is not only an opportunity to gain a skill, but is also a great way of aiding a child’s social development, building confidence, a way to have fun and keep kids entertained.

“Throughout each child’s journey we will document their progress via regular blog posts and photos. We will also film their development throughout the year. Children who are old enough will be encouraged to write about their experience and how much they are learning. This will inspire other children to try new activities too.

“Once the year has finished children will have the option to take part in an awards ceremony to celebrate their hard work and achievements.”

KalliKids is the first online guide helping parents find children’s activity and service providers.

Karen said: “We now have 220 accredited service and activity providers from children’s photographers and chiropractors to activities such as dance, tennis, cookery, swimming, maths, creative play and much more.

"Not only are our providers recommended and referenced by at least three families, they are then accredited and checked by us.

"It’s our aim to support both parents and local activity providers and KalliKids does just that.”

KalliKids is the UK’s accreditation for children’s activities and services used and trusted by parents across the UK.