Bookstart in Walsall
Bookstart is a national programme that encourages parents and carers to share and enjoy books with their children, from as early an age as possible. The aim is to provide a free pack of books to every baby in the UK, to inspire, stimulate and create a love of reading that will give them a flying start in life.
Research shows that babies and toddlers who love books begin reading sooner and go on to fare better at school, in all areas of the curriculum.
But most of all, the aim is to show that books are fun!
Bookstart in Walsall is delivered through a partnership between Walsall Council, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust and Early Years. Two free packs are available for children, both contain 2 books and a wealth of supporting information such as booklists and rhymes.
The first (Bookstart Baby) is given out by Health Visitors at babies 9 month developmental check.
The second (My Bookstart Treasure Bag) is given at 3-4 years in the child’s nursery year.
This can be through private day care, playgroups or school nurseries.
Packs can be collected through Walsall Libraries if you think your child has missed getting one through the usual routes.
In support of the Bookstart scheme, Walsall Libraries run parent and baby sessions to further encourage book sharing and library use. Sessions include, rhyme time, play, story time and occasional craft activities. For further details, visit Parent and Child page.
Children under 4 can also take part in the Bookstart Bearclub and receive certificates for visiting the library.
Please contact your local library for more details of our fun sessions.
For more information on the Bookstart scheme visit www.bookstart.co.uk
For more information on Bookstart in Walsall please contact:
Planning and Research Manager, Early Years
0794 4279 938
Education Development Centre
Walsall WS4 1NG