We are working hard to re-open our groups for families to enjoy, please bear with us in order to make sure families can enjoy groups safely

Story-Start is an initiative to encourage families to read, tell stories, sing, rhyme, encourage imagination.

We aim to inspire and increase reading within the family and provide different books for families who have read all that they have! Our focus is on rural areas, anywhere where access to free books is difficult for families. We travel from the moors to the seas to deliver our Story-Start projects and groups.

Over the last year we have supported over 200 children in accessing books, stories songs and activities.

story start poster

Our Story-Start sessions are fun, messy and chatty. Families turn up when they can. Mums and Dads can have fun with their little ones and connect with other parents.

We take a free library with us and parents can borrow as many books as they like for as long as they like. Books are taken home in a free Home-Start book bag.

The science bit behind this…

We want everyone reading!

Good story telling should incorporate the seven areas of learning and development within the Early Years Foundation Stage.

The 3 prime areas:

  • Communication and language – listening, understanding, asking ques discussing the story
  • Physical development actions with stories, moving with the story
  • Personal, social and emotional development, discussing feelings in the story, putting yourself into the story.

And four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:

  • Literacy – listening to adult speaking, being aware of how stories are structured, repetition of key phrases, beginning to recognise shapes of letters and words, etc.
  • Mathematics – numbers, quantities, shapes, etc.
  • Understanding the world – nature, cause, and effect, etc.
  • Expressive arts and design happens after the story – a child takes story into everyday play, acting out, drawing, re-enacting with small world toy, retelling, etc.
A Story-Start story time!

One story alone can’t do this, but in telling the story the adult can begin to engage their child, comment on story, use skills to cover the seven areas of learning and development, and these are the skills we hope to pass on in delivering our session.

Become a Story-Start Volunteer and spread the joy of books and stories in your local area.

We are always looking for enthusiastic people to help us with Story-Start in lots of varied ways. If you are interested in being a Story-Start volunteer or think your local community would benefit from Story-Start please contact [email protected] Who knows where we’ll be popping up next!

We would love to hear from you if you have any ideas on how we can support our communities to access free reading for little ones, so do get in touch.

Currently we are offering…

We can also deliver books to your door in villages around West Somerset, please contact [email protected] for more information and to book your book drop off.