Programme Resource

Early Words Together Glasgow programme resources

Added 07 Sep 2017
Early Words Together

From April 2017 to March 2019, Early Words Together in Glasgow was funded by the Scottish government. During this time, National Literacy Trust, in partnership with Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council, worked with 286 families, 131 volunteers and 51 early years practitioners, bringing them together to create positive relationships and build parental confidence in supporting their child’s language and literacy development. The project was externally evaluated by the University Of Edinburgh with positive findings. Read the report.

Early Words Together in Glasgow is continuing with the support of HarperCollins Publishers, who provide volunteers to support families in 15 early years settings.

Here we share all the resources that you need to run Early Words Together in Glasgow. They complement the programme materials already given to you.

If you are not a part of this project, you can learn more about running Early Words Together in your setting.

Please note that these resources will continue to be developed, adapted and added to, so it is important that you check this webpage regularly.

Read a brief description of each resource available:

Family identification and recruitment

  • Early Words Together family registration form

This form can be used to register families for Early Words Together, and determine whether or not Early Words Together or another option is best for particular families.

  • Family sign-in sheet

Staff and volunteers use this sheet to record family attendance at each session. Instructions for completing this can be found on the first page of the document.

Volunteer management and training

  • Volunteer role description

This leaflet can be handed out to potential volunteers. It sets out who can be an Early Words Together volunteer, describes the role and benefits of volunteering.

  • Volunteer management FAQs

This resource for staff has information about managing volunteers at their setting. It includes tips on how to recruit and support volunteers and other important considerations.

  • Volunteer recruitment brochure

These posters and brochures can be posted around the setting to recruit volunteers. There is also a template for interviewing volunteers.

  • Volunteer training presentation

A presentation to train volunteers, complete with notes and guidance.

  • Volunteer training resources

These resources support the volunteer training and include a training evaluation form for volunteers.

  • Sample session plans

Two schools have provided their session plans as examples for how you and the volunteers can plan sessions with families. Practice examples from other delivery areas will also be shared as they are developed. If you would like to submit an example of your own practice that you feel would benefit other settings, please contact

Volunteers and families

  • Early Words Together book list

This list includes some of the books we have found work best with children in the programme.

  • Early Words Together for Children with SEND

This resource explains how Early Words Together has been delivered with children and families with special educational needs and disabilities.

  • Volunteer and family certificate templates

These certificates are for volunteers and families who complete the programme.

Evaluation and monitoring

  • Volunteer and family surveys

Volunteers and parents must complete surveys after each set of 6 sessions, or when they leave the programme. This means a volunteer may complete the survey several times – once for each cycle of sessions they support. Parents must complete the survey on or after their final session. Word documents are also available as a downloadable resource.

Practitioner surveys

All practitioners supporting Early Words Together sessions must complete a pre-programme survey before they run their first session, and a post-programme survey at the end of the programme in 2019. The link to the pre-programme survey can be found below.

Practitioner/family case study templates

As part of the project, practitioners complete a template that captures two things:

  1. Your learning as a practitioner
  2. Your observations of a family's journey during the project.

You only need to complete one case study template but if you want to do more, please do.

Please ask parents to complete the National Literacy Trust permission form if you would include photos of volunteers, parents and children in your case study.

Progress report (due termly)

Settings are asked to complete a very simple online progress report each term describing how many families they’ve worked with, challenges encountered and successes achieved.

Please contact with any questions you have about the programme and resources.