Anti-bullying from babies

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An anti-bullying programme that involves babies volunteering as ‘Tiny Teachers’ is being introduced to schools in Northumberland.

Local babies will visit primary schools in the county as part of Roots of Empathy, a unique initiative that aims to reduce problem behaviour by encouraging children to interact in a nurturing manner.

Central First in Ashington took part in the scheme last week, which is funded by the Big Lottery, where newborn Oliver Jones lent a helping hand.

Oliver and mum Shannen will visit a Year 4 class over the course of the school year to allow pupils to observe the interaction between the parent and child and take part in different activities to such as singing songs, playing and reading.

Charlotte Dack, Roots of Empathy co-ordinator at Action for Children, said: “We are very proud to bring Roots of Empathy to the north east.”