Become a Story Starter Story Starters is a new programme that has been made possible by the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. It will make a life-changing difference to the lives of 1,800 nursery children through the support of over 500 volunteers by 2019, ensuring that they start primary school ready to read. By becoming a Story Starter volunteer you’ll open up their lives to the magic of stories and provide crucial language development in a way which is fun for both you and the child! How does it work? As a Story Starter you will support three children aged 3-5 years' old on a one-to-one basis, using play and stories to develop and enrich their use of language. You’ll need to commit to volunteering at a local nursery for at least two regular hours per week during nursery hours. You’ll receive professional training and support to ensure that you are best able to support young children and feel comfortable in a modern nursery setting. What do I need to do? To become a Story Starter you will need to support children aged 3-5 on a one-to-one basis in a modern nursery environment. You must be able to communicate with children in a fun and inspiring manner, adapting the conversation and learning resources to their personal interests and abilities. You’ll need to commit to the safeguarding and welfare of the children you support, in line with our volunteering policy. You can read our full Story Starter volunteer role description here. How to get involved Simply fill in the below application form and we’ll give you a call to discuss things further.