Reading

www.parentscentre.gov.uk/foragegroup/3to5years/readandwritetogether 
This link to the Parents Centre website gives some really good ideas about how you can enjoy sharing books with your child and tells you a bit more about phonics. 

www.parentscentre.gov.uk/foragegroup/5to7years/alittlereadinggoesalongway 
This link gives ideas about how to help your child as they are learning to read. 

www.read-count.org/index.asp 
A website for you and your child to explore together – it will give you some ideas about reading with your child and has online games for young children to play with you and on their own. It also has ideas for games to play away from the computer. The Basic Skills website will keep you updated on a range of literacy developments: www.basic-skills.co.uk

www.bookstart.co.uk 
This website provides information about the national Bookstart scheme and the Bookstart packs that your child will receive as a baby, a toddler and at age three to four. It also gives information about sharing books with your child and you can find out about Bookstart events in your area which you can go to with your child. 

You can get ‘Learning Together’ leaflets – ‘The road to reading’ and ‘Making their mark – children’s early writing’ (and other leaflets covering a range of topics) from Early Education, 136 Cavell Street, London, E1 2JA. Telephone 020 7539 5400. You can also download them from the website www.early-education.org.uk

www.talktoyourbaby.org.uk 
This website provides lots of information for parents and carers of babies and young children, and suggestions of activities, features, DVDs, books and events that are both useful and fun. You can have their free newsletter emailed to you directly. 

www.ican.org.uk 
This website provides lots of information for parents and teachers on the importance of speaking and listening skills for young children’s development. Although aimed at early communication development there is a lot of very useful information and materials such as Chatter Matters that can be downloaded from the website and some free materials can be ordered. 

www.nationalliteracytrust.org.uk/familyreading/parents 
A wealth of information about how to make reading and writing fun for you and all your family. Promotes their campaign to make ‘every home a reading home’. Many links to further websites.