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Let's get ready for school!

Cheshire East Libraries are launching ‘Let’s Get Ready for School’, an exciting initiative to help families whose children will be starting primary school.

We have created ten different ‘Let’s Get Ready for School’ book bags which are available to borrow. Each bag contains four picture books which have been specially selected to share with younger children to help them to cope with change and prepare them for school. These include a wordless picture book for parents, carers and children to enjoy creatively together. 

The bag also contains a useful leaflet which was co-written with early years speech and language therapists and includes some practical ideas for supporting children’s communication at this important stage. BookTrust have kindly provided a little finger puppet which comes with ideas for helping to bring the books to life. 

The book bags are free to loan and available from your local library. They can also be reserved online with your library card.

Warm PlaCEs: keeping Cheshire East warm

Warm PlaCEs are places where people can come together to stay warm, and ease some of the pressures caused by rising costs. There are lots of Warm PlaCEs across Cheshire East including our libraries.

We can provide a warm welcoming space and comfortable areas to sit during normal opening hours. You can sit and relax, read, or perhaps try one of our activities. You don't have to be a library member, but you can join for free and access a wide range of free resources, free WiFi, and free computer use for an hour each day.

Free SIM cards and mobile data

We're working with Good Things Foundation to distribute free SIM cards and mobile data to local people facing digital exclusion through not being able to afford sim cards and mobile data. 

The National Databank scheme is supported by UK mobile networks Vodafone, O2 and Three, and offers vital connections for anyone cut off from the basic daily activities most people take for granted, like contacting loved ones, accessing job interviews, finding essential health or other information online, and digitised public services. 

If you're a Cheshire East resident and meet the eligibility criteria, you can register your interest.

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Page last reviewed: 03 February 2023