Here at Paintpots, we want to make sure all children have the best start when it comes to their learning. Reading from a young age is important, as it sets a child up for success and gives them a head start in absorbing knowledge ready for their start at school. Reading promotes language skills and promotes children’s fluency development. Reading at home with family and friends is just as important as reading in a setting such as a nursery or a school.
Some find that reading to babies is not important at their age, as they are not developmentally ready to learn to read words. However, reading with babies ensures they are familiar with books and it increases the bonds they make with their key workers and parents/carers. Developing a routine such as a story before bed can soothe a baby and help them learn how to handle books, ready for when they are older and ready to read independently.
We want to promote reading with our parents and offer for parents to borrow books from our mini library. We have information available to assist everyone with their reading no matter their age, reading level or language.
In our early years setting, we promote reading through the early years foundation stage which encourages us to promote reading through: cooking activities by ensuring there is a recipe for children to follow through images and written instructions; books are available in a calm environment to stimulate the mind, and by ensuring all languages are available for bi-lingual children which will also increase a child’s knowledge of how other children may speak a different language to them.
It has also been found that there is a connection between their home literacy environment and language skills, particularly in understanding the structure and rules of written language.
Please find some useful links below to help start reading with your child at home: