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. 

Story Starters needed in Suffolk

Beanstalk in Suffolk is looking for volunteers to become Story Starters in pre-schools and nurseries in Ipswich and across the county.Read more

Volunteers in County Durham begin journey to inspire a love of books among children as part of early years project

Trained reading helpers will begin supporting children in County Durham nurseries and pre-schools as part of the new Story Starters reading programme in the next few weeks.Read more

Wirral volunteer inspires children to read as part of new charity literacy initiative

Trained reading helpers have begun supporting children in Wirral nurseries and pre-schools as part of the new Story Starters reading programme.Read more

Trained reading helpers begin journey to inspire children in Wandsworth nurseries and pre-schools

The first trained reading helpers have begun supporting children in Wandsworth nurseries as part of the new Story Starters reading programme which sees volunteers from the local community visit schools twice a week to help children aged three to five become ready to read.Read more

Story Starters video marks the end of a successful year

People's Postcode Lottery and Dream Fund launch a video to look back on a successful year of Story Starters and celebrate all that the volunteers achieved.Read more

Story Starters is launched in London with the help of Sophy Henn and a virtual Dolly Parton

Story Starters, a new volunteer-led programme which helps nursery children become ready to read, is launched with the help of Sophy Henn and a virtual Dolly Parton.Read more

Dan Snow helps Beanstalk to launch Story Starters in Stoke-on-Trent

TV historian Dan Snow helps Beanstalk to launch new programme aimed at helping nursery children become ready to read.Read more

Dolly Parton launches Story Starters, a new volunteer-led programme to help nursery children become ready to read

On Friday 6th October international superstar and philanthropist Dolly Parton released a new film to launch Story Starters, a new programme that provides one-to-one language and communication support to early years’ children. The programme is designed to ensure that they have the skills to start primary school ready to read.Read more

Local charity Beanstalk calls on Merseyside residents to volunteer as Story Starters

Local literacy charity Beanstalk has joined forces with local schools to ask all those living on Merseyside to sign up today as Story Starters.Read more

Innovative new early years’ literacy programme backed by Dolly Parton is launched in Merseyside

Story Starters, an innovative new early years’ literacy programme backed by Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, was launched on Monday 3rd April to help give Merseyside children the best start in life.Read more