Tips for carers and foster families

Sharing books and stories can have benefits for your child’s confidence, and for their progress in school.

Classic books illustration by Nadia Shireen

We’re trialling materials to find out how we can best support you and the children you look after to read together. To find out more about reading in foster families, we’ve already done a UK-wide survey - you can read the findings here.

Research used in the materials is referenced here.

Useful links and downloads

Guide for carers: reading with 3-7 year olds

Download our reading tips booklet

Find information and practical tips to help you make reading a part of your child’s everyday life.

Letterbox Club for families

Learn about our programme for children who are looked after

Our Letterbox Club aims to inspire a love of reading and engagement with numeracy in children aged 3-13, through parcels containing books, stationery and more.

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