Bookstart

Partner Services

What is Bookstart

Bookstart is built on a simple premise - babies who have an early introduction to books benefit in lots of ways, educationally, socially, culturally and emotionally.

Bookstart is administered by Booktrust, an independent Arts charity funded by the Arts Council England. Booktrust is the largest reading charity in the UK working to inspire a love of reading in children because we know reading can transform lives.

Bookstart Universal Packs 

Your child will receive Bookstart packs at regular intervals -

Bookstart baby for babies 0-12 months

This pack is given to babies by Health Visitors at their 6–8 week check which takes place at home.  Please ask your Health Visitor if it is not offered. The pack is contained within a purple and yellow bag with a short handle and zip.

Bookstart Baby Pack Shot 2018 Web

The bag contains:

- 2  Board Books

- A double sided 'Time for a Rhyme' Sheet

- A 'Reading with your Child' months booklet with advice and suggestions for sharing books

 

Bookstart Treasure 

This pack is for pre-school children aged 3-4 years. Given to children at their nursery setting/childminder in the year before they start school. The pack is contained in a blue envelope as shown in the image below.

Bookstart Treasure Pack Shot 2018 Web

The envelope contains:

- 1 picture book

- 'Reading with your Child' booklet with advice and suggestions for sharing books

 

Bookstart packs for children with additional needs

These packs can be ordered through your child’s health visitor or other health professional as well as their nursery, preschool or childminder.

Bookshine for children who are deaf or hearing impaired. 

Bookshine baby pack 2017

Bookshine Baby for ages 0-2 years contained in a purple and yellow bag with a short handle and zip. The bag contains:

2 books
A rhyme place mat (with baby signing)
Guidance on sharing books


Bookshine Toddler for ages 3-5 contained in a large colourful cardboard envelope. The envelope contains:

2 books

A rhyme place mat (with baby signing)

Bookmark showing British Sign Language

Guidance on sharing books.

 

Booktouch for children who are blind or partially sighted 

Booktouch Baby pack shot 2018

Booktouch Baby for ages 0-2 years contained in a purple and yellow bag with a short handle and zip. The bag contains:

2 touch and feel books
Guidance on sharing books

Booktouch Toddler pack shot 2018

Booktouch Toddler for ages 3-5 contained in a large colourful cardboard envelope. The envelope contains:

2 touch and feel books
Guidance on sharing books.

Bookstart Star pack 2017

 

Bookstart Star for children aged 3-5 who have disabilities that impact on or delay the development of their fine motor skills contained in a large colourful cardboard envelope.  The envelope contains:

Exclusive touch-and-feel book from Child's Play publishers
One board book
A finger puppet for playing along with the story
Guidance sheets

 

Bookstart Dual Language books

A selection of Bookstart dual language books

Bookstart offers dual language books in over 30 languages.  These packs can be ordered through your child’s health visitor or other health professional as well as their nursery, preschool or childminder.

 

Bookstart in Libraries

The Bookstart Bear travels all over Cheshire attending Storytimes and events in libraries, look out for events near you.

You might want to join the Bookstart Bear Club or the Bear’s Reading Adventure. Click the image below to find your local library, where you can ask for more information. 

Bookstart Joinmyclub

 

Contacting Bookstart

Frances Lennon, Booktrust Coordinator
Telephone 01244 977554 / 07827 954086  
Email: frances.lennon@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Wendy Hammond, Bookstart Administrator
Telephone: 07827 877966
Email: bookstart@cheshiresharedservices.gov.uk

 

Discover more about Bookstart and their website, by clicking the icon below.

Booktrust Bookstart Logo 2018