Story Starters

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 LotteryWe received £1 million from the People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund to launch Story Starters in January 2017. 

#ToddlerTales - Use of props in Story Starter sessions

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

#StoriesFromStoryStarters - meet Katie and Heleema

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

#StoriesFromStoryStarters - read Penny's story

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

#StoriesFromStoryStarters - meet Pauline

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 presents our first #StoriesFromStoryStarters

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

How can we bring the benefits of joint book reading to disadvantaged children?

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

Story Starters goes to Nursery World

We recently launched Story Starters on Merseyside, so last week we headed up to Liverpool for two days to take part in Nursery World North 2017 to spread the word.Read more

Our innovative approach to transforming early years education

Ginny Lunn, our CEO, shares some exciting news about our innovative approach to transforming early years education.Read more