Story StartersLife 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 was made possible by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. We received £1 million from the People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund to deliver Story Starters from January 2017 through to March 2019. Due to it's success the programme continues to be delivered to settings across England. About Story Starters Become a Story Starter Become a Story Starter setting Supporters News Blogs Become a Story Starter setting Story Starters is designed to boost language and communicative development in a child's early years, giving them the skills to start school ready to read and reach for the stars. To find out more about having Story Starter volunteers in your setting please register your interest on the below form. Story Starters and early years settings...the perfect fit The Story Starter programme is charged at £390 per Story Starter per 24 week intervention: Our trained volunteers offer one-to-one support to three children, with each child receiving two 20 minute sessions a week. Story Starters volunteers are trained to create an unpressurised environment, taking the time to listen and get to know each child. Using picture books as the context learning, the volunteer and child play and share stories to boost the child's language development and emergent literacy skills. Your setting will receive a box of specially selected books that our Story Starters will use in their sessions. Story Starters takes care of the safe recruitment of volunteers - including DBS. Read our safeguarding policy and procedures.