A SWINDON mum hopes to improve young children’s literacy through a brand-new programme.

Dr Clare Bhunnoo, from Rodbourne Cheney, is launching an educational and interactive programme called Reading Fairy Swindon, to develop reading and language skills for youngsters aged one to five.

“Reading fairy is an exciting programme for pre-school children,” said Clare. “It is aimed to develop their love of reading through games, songs, phonetics and more.

“It is a programme of fun, interactive classes developed by early experts and in line with the national curriculum.

“At the end of every class, parents and children sit down together and read books.”

The 41-year-old took on the programme developed by the multi-award-winning Wow World Group, an organisation working towards improving children’s skills.

It is only after having her own two children Annabel, five and Joshua, two, that she decided to move to a new career path. “I was working in the research area before. I got two children and I realised that I wanted to work closely with young children,” she said. “This programme combines all the things I like to do with my own family.”

Following several initiatives from local schools to promote literacy in Swindon, Clare is also aiming to encourage young children to read more, with age appropriate literature.

“It’s a great time for literacy development in the area. Swindon is at the forefront of the UK in supporting and developing a love of reading in young children. I feel massively privileged to launch this programme.”

Classes will take place at Abbey Meads Community Primary school and Western community centre. It costs £7 per week, with an introductory offer for the first two classes. For further information visit: https://www.readingfairy.com/swindon/home