Bookstart Baby Pack
Who's the pack for and when is it gifted?
This pack is for babies aged 0–12 months, and is usually gifted by health professionals, or via local libraries.
What's the best way to gift these packs?
When presenting a family with the gift of a Bookstart pack, it's essential to:
- Give a high quality, warm and encouraging message about the joy and benefits of sharing books
- Show the contents of the pack
- Invite them to join the library
- Let them know about any local events, such as rhymetimes, or relevant family learning opportunities.
For those parents who struggle to read with their baby we have found role modelling very successful.
We use our nursery nurses to go into the home and work with parents, getting everything out of the bag, talking about how to use it all and encouraging them to go to the library and not to worry if books get damaged because they can be replaced.
The gifting of the Bookstart bag, I feel, is crucial to parents using books early.
Alison Higley: Quality Improvement and Performance Lead, Derbyshire County PCT