Children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in the reading tests we do, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of the world around them. Being able to read well is more likely to determine whether your child does well at school than their social or economic background.

Parents can make a huge difference. You are the most important educators in a child’s life, more important than the staff at school.

Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out the printed words. Children are exposed to a wide range of words when they hear stories and this helps them build their own vocabulary which is vital as they start to read. Even if your child doesn’t understand every word, they’ll hear words and phrases which they can then try out.

As children start to learn to read at school, we know that you play an important role in helping them to keep interested in books. Help them to find books that will be engaging and fun and spend time reading the books they bring home from school together.