Bookstart for health visitors

Health visiting teams have been key BookTrust partners for many years, gifting the Bookstart Baby pack in a child’s first year, celebrating parents and carers as first teachers and spreading the word that it's never too early to read with babies - or bumps.

In this section, you will find tailored advice and guidance on gifting the packs, how Bookstart can support the vital work that health visitors do and how Bookstart Baby can be incorporated into the Healthy Child Programme. 

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Benefits of gifting for health visitors

How the Bookstart programme can support and enhance the work of health professionals.

Health visitors: gifting the Bookstart Baby pack

Find out when to gift Bookstart Baby packs, what to keep in mind when gifting and key messages to convey to parents and carers.

Bookstart and the Healthy Child Programme: part one

An introduction to Bookstart and the Healthy Child Programme, and how Bookstart can be incorporated into health reviews at 28 weeks pregnant through to a child's six-month milestone.

Bookstart and the Healthy Child Programme: part two

Continuing our tips and guidance on incorporating Bookstart into the Healthy Child Programme (HCP) through reviews for children aged three months to five years.

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Bookstart FAQs

Your Bookstart questions answered

If you have a query about Bookstart, you should be able to find the answer in our frequently asked questions section. If you can't find what you're looking for, just follow the 'contact us' link and we'll be happy to help.

Reading with your child: 0-12 months

Download the booklet

Babies love looking at pictures and hearing your voice as you read to them. Check out our brilliant guide to sharing books with children aged 0-12 months, available in 20 languages.

Bookstart packs

Free books for every child

BookTrust offers a range of packs that you can gift to families as part of the Bookstart programme. Find out how our universal, additional needs and targeted packs can help get your families sharing books together every day.