Bookstart for nursery children

To celebrate National Bookstart Day on Friday 6 October, Merton Library Service presented two classes from Poplar Primary Nursery Class with Treasure Chest boxes containing picture books, stickers, a pad and pencils to encourage early writing and guidance material for parents and carers.

Bookstart is a national initiative sponsored by publishers. When children go for health checks at their clinic, they get a hessian book bag at their 6 – 9 months check, and a coloured book satchel at their 18 months check. The Treasure Chest is handed out at 36-48 months, currently only through local libraries, as children no longer have health checks at that age.

If your child is aged between 36 – 48 months, contact your local library to receive your Bookstart Treasure Chest.

Councillor Maurice Groves, Cabinet Member for Community Services said:

“Bookstart encourages children to read from a young age, fostering a love of books that can be shared with parents and carers.”