Life is better when everyone can read well and express themselves with confidence. Story Starters is a new programme that gives children aged three to five years old the language and communication skills they need to start school ready to learn and all set to reach for the stars.
Story Starters has been made possible by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. We received £1 million from the People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund to launch Story Starters in January 2017.
Yvonne is one of our Story Starters volunteers in Shropshire and has been volunteering since June 2018. Read more about her exciting and rewarding sessions with nursery children here...Read more
Summer is finally here and our volunteers and staff at Beanstalk and Story Starters have collected a list of recommendations for good summer reads. Read more here..Read more
Our Story Starters children often link the stories from the books they are presented with to situations in their own life and this can be a great springboard to further discussions on real-life topics. Read more here..Read more
When our volunteers go into nursery for the first time, they are presented with a set of books that both challenge and engage the children and introduce them to the world of books and stories. Read more here..Read more
Using props in storytelling can really enrich the experience and encourage a pleasant involvement with books and stories for younger children. Read more here..Read more
Our two Story Starters Heleema and Katie talk about why they chose to become volunteers and what they enjoy the most about the sessions. Read more here…Read more
Penny is one of our lovely Story Starters who has volunteered with us since June 2017. Read more about her voluntary experience and her passion for books here..Read more
Pauline finds volunteering as a Story Starter rewarding because she is having a real input into a child’s development. Read more about her experience here.Read more
Isobel has volunteered as a Story Starter since December 2017. She enjoys witnessing the children’s engagement and develop their confidence. Read more here!Read more
It is a sad fact that many disadvantaged children enter school without the language skills they need to succeed in the classroom. One way of boosting toddlers’ language development is to engage them in joint book reading.Read more