Reading with your child

Reading with your child…

What difference can I make as a parent/carer?

A HUGE difference is the answer!

Sharing a book with your child is fun, it's a time for closeness, laughing and talking together – and it can also give children a flying start in life, helping them become lifelong readers. You are the most important educator in your child’s life and it’s never too early to start reading together.

Building vocabulary and understanding

Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what’s printed on the page. Through hearing stories, your child will be exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read. It’s important for them to understand how stories work too. As children start to learn to read at school, you can play an important role in helping to keep them interested in books. Find out what interests them, help them to find books that will be engaging and fun, and spend time reading the books they bring home from school together.


With help in supporting reading at home, see our videos below or checkout our booklet Supporting Reading at Home