If you have a baby under the age of one year old, did you know that you can receive a free book bag from Bookstart?
It’s never too early to introduce your child to books – it’s about more than learning to read, the sound of your voice is the best thing.
Sharing books with young children can help very new babies with focusing; reaching and grabbing the flaps and pages in board books helps develop motor skills; and stories are great to use at bed time or at any time of the day, for a quiet few moments together. Books are a good way to share one-to-one time between a child and their parent. It only takes a few minutes a day and it’s free.
Above all, it’s about having fun!
The pack content varies, but will include two board books, a rhyme sheet and a booklet of tips and ideas for sharing books. You should receive a Bookstart pack from your health visitor sometime in your baby’s first year. If you haven’t received one by the time your child is one, you can ask for a pack at your local library. While you are there, why not see what the library has to offer babies and toddlers – rhyme times, events and of course lots more books for little ones!
For more information on the scheme, visit www.bookstart.org.uk