As a result, these children are starting on the back foot, a cost that Ofsted claims results in a million hours of lost teaching time every year.
But as any parent knows, from fussy eaters to stubborn toddlers, it’s not always easy to encourage your child to be school-ready. However, one of the ways in which parents can help their children, in terms of literacy and communications skills, is by reading to them.
Diana Gerald, CEO of BookTrust says: “We know there are an increasing number of demands placed on parents and that they’re busy all of the time but using books and stories as an opportunity to start discussions with young ones to prepare them for school can go a long way to help get them ready to start in the new term. If cost is a concern, then why not visit your local library or hold a book swap. There are so many great books out there to help get the conversation started so why not add these to your summer reading list.”
BookTrust has put the following children's books together to encourage parents and carers start talking to small children about starting school and the skills they will need. For example, going to the toilet, brushing their teeth, tying their laces and speaking proficiently.
These kids books make great gifts for toddlers and are brilliant for helping those aged 2-4 develop everyday life skills.
Best Kids Books for Toddlers
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