Read, tell and make up stories with your child from the day they are born.

Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud, (suggests Mem Fox, author of Reading Magic).

If you have trouble reading, just look at the pictures and talk about them. It’s the story-telling and the engagement that makes the difference, not that you are reading printed words. The alphabet and ‘literacy’ can wait… having fun, watching your face and the pictures or objects, listening for the change in voice, funny noises, actions, songs, rhyme and word games… these are what matters in the first three years of life whilst the child’s brain undergoes rapid development.

From birth, every time you talk, hug, sing and read with your baby, new brain connections are formed and strengthened. These daily activities lay the foundation for language development, reading and good self-esteem.

Research has shown that if a child can recite at least 8 nursery rhymes by the time they are 4 years old then he/she will most likely be a successful reader.

Anywhere, anytime:

  • Have fun with nursery rhymes.
  • Play games together e.g. Peek-a-boo
  • Talk to your baby and child about what you do and see
  • Join your local library – you & bub. Play with books.
  • Let your child hold and play with board books

“Read to your baby. Don’t ever stop. When s/he’s 100 you can let it drop!” (Rhonda Brain – founder of Paint the Town REaD).

Early learning links

  • Early Words is a Youtube channel with great ideas and links to early learning resources to explore – a great video resource for understanding and ideas on early learning from birth to 5 years. Click here to check it out.