10 Top Tips for Parents and Educators: Promoting Storytime

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Kara Kiernan Senior leader, trainer, and education consultant

This free guide has some expert suggestions on how EYFS practitioners and parents can help to promote a beneficial love of stories in young children.

According to the National Literacy Trust, reading to children under five brings numerous advantages, including feelings of reassurance, relaxation and happiness. For even younger ones, meanwhile, having a grown-up read to them frequently can be an incredible springboard as they learn to comprehend language more fully and start to use it for themselves.

Recent research suggests, however, that less than half of 0- to 2-year-olds are actually read to every day (or nearly every day) at home – meaning that many little ones would benefit from more inspiration and support at this critical juncture in their development. Our guide has practical tips for parents and practitioners on helping children to experience the joy of story time.