The Early Years team are working in partnership with Bookstart which is a national programme which supports and encourages parents to read with their children from an early age. BookStart Treasure Packs are a free resource for you to gift to your N2 children, containing a story book and a booklet full of tips for parents about sharing books together. It is an excellent resource which helps support reading, language development and a love of books and stories.

Research shows that children who receive BookStart packs are more likely to regard reading as their favourite activity.  Therefore, as part of the Middlesbrough Promise we are aiming to develop the ways we gift the Treasure Pack so it can be used more effectively to promote early reading experiences in the home, supporting parents and families to read with children. Gifting packs in this way will directly compliment EYFS practice, support children’s early learning and development and encourage parents to take an active role.

Contact details to get involved with the Treasure Packs can be found in the image above.