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Parents as partners: How to get families reading together in the early years

Added 09 Aug 2017
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Our Early Reading Connects toolkit contains tips, research and best practice examples to help early years practitioners and settings involve families with young children in reading.

The toolkit is rooted in the four guiding principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS):

  • every child is unique
  • children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
  • children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates


This widely used and trusted resource includes fantastic ideas for developing young children’s communication and language, engaging families with the setting and supporting young children with special needs – to name just a few.

As an early years setting, you can dip into this toolkit to find ideas for encouraging early years reading and family involvement, or you can use it to help you develop a positive reading culture within your setting that promotes a love of words, stories and reading.

Early Reading Connects was established as a network to support early years settings and professionals to encourage a love of language, stories and reading. The network was funded by the Government from 2008 – 2011.