Reading stories and rhymes with babies and toddlers develops language skills and helps them to understand the world around them.
Babies and toddlers who love books begin reading sooner and have a better start at school.
All Salford children's centres provide opportunities for children and parents to read together with regular story and rhyme time sessions and by providing books and other resources that parents can borrow.
All Salford children's centres also support the national Bookstart programme that encourages parents to share and enjoy books with their children from an early age. Bookstart offers the gift of free books to all children at two key ages before they start school, to inspire a love of reading that will give children a flying start in life. You'll get your free Bookstart pack in your baby's first year, usually from your health visitor or other health professional. Your child will get their Bookstart Treasure Pack when they are three to four years old, from their nursery, playgroup or other early years setting.