27 February 2023
Sessions are being held at two Powys libraries to help boost child communication skills, the county council has said.
Funded by a grant from the Child Development Fund, Newtown and Ystradgynlais libraries are hosting free Wiggle & Giggle sessions for parents, grandparents or carers to attend with their babies & toddlers, filled with rhymes, stories and songs.
The sessions in Newtown library are held every Friday from 2-3pm and the sessions in Ystradgynlais library are held every Monday from 10:30 – 11:30am and will both run until the end of March.
Cllr David Selby, Cabinet Member for a More Prosperous Powys, said, “These sessions are a perfect opportunity for families to bond with their babies and toddlers and to help boost their skills.
“By using rhythmic language and repetition, children can learn how words are formed, supporting the early stages of language development. These sessions can also be of value to families who’s second language is English.
“I would like to encourage families in Newtown, Ystradgynlais and further afield, to come along and join us for these sessions, or alternatively, to take a listen to our podcasts when they are available. They will no doubt be fun for all.”
Powys Library Service will also be creating podcasts for individual rhymes. Many parents and families are no longer familiar with nursery rhymes and songs, so being able to go back to the podcasts at any time will help to boost confidence among parents.