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 By becoming a Story Starter volunteer you will give a child in a local early years setting/nursery the skills to start primary school ready to read. 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 one hour, twice a 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. .