BookTrust, Bookstart, UK

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Programme name Country Date of information
Bookstart: Baby, Treasure, and Corner UK  24 Jan 2020
Question Answer
About the Organisation  
Organisation name BookTrust
Organisation address BookTrust, G8 Battersea Studios, 80 Silverthorne Road, Battersea, London SW8 3HE
Goal/objective BookTrust is dedicated to getting children reading. We get children reading in lots of different ways, but our priority is to get more children excited about books, rhymes and stories – because if reading is fun, children will want to do it. We run nationwide programmes – like our flagship programme Bookstart. We reach millions of families across the country each year with books, resources and advice to encourage parents and carers to start reading with their babies right from the beginning.
Contact Person  
Position of Contact Person  
Contact email  
Contact Telephone Number  
Organisation website https://www.booktrust.org.uk
Organisation type national reading promotion organization
How many staff does your organisation employ? 80

 

Programme name Bookstart Baby
Country/Province/City where the programme takes place England and Wales
Year started 1992
Programme goal/objective To enable every mum, dad and carer in England to inspire a love of books, stories and rhymes in babies, aged 0-12 months  
Funding sources Arts Council England (government budget) Significant discount from publishers Local authorities pay for storage within local authorities and the onward delivery to professionals who give the packs to families
Geographic coverage Available to every baby aged 0-12 months in England and Wales
   
Purpose of the programme  
Not for profit? Yes, not for profit
Religious or political purpose? Neither
Local consistency of model  
Is your programme model consistent across your geographic area, or are there regional differences? Not fully consistent. Each of the 152 local authorities are responsible for the delivery of the programme within their local authorities and so it can differ in terms of which professionals give out the packs and when in the first 12 months they give them out to families.
Book Packs  
What are the contents of your gifting pack? Tote bag 2 card finger puppets Parental guidance leaflet 2 board books
Is your programme offered free of charge to all families? Yes
Partnerships and Delivery  
What are your primary ‘points of contact’ with the population you serve? Library, Health clinic, Registrars’ offices
Who gifts/hands-out your pack to families? Healthcare workers; librarians
Please list your other programme partnerships and briefly give details. Publishers; our funder, Arts Council England; libraries, early years teams, health visitor teams, national membership organisations that our gifting partners may belong to
If your programme uses volunteers, please give some more details N/A
Audience  
Is the programme universal or targeted? Universal
How many children does your programme serve a year? Every baby aged 0-12 months
At what age/gifting period do children receive your programme. Birth – 6 months; 6 – 12 months  
Diversity provision  
Does your program include provisions or resources for children with special needs? Yes. Booktouch Baby for approximately 0-2 year olds who are visually impaired Bookshine for approximately 0-2 year olds who are deaf. Special packs are designed for these groups of children that are suited to their particular needs, e.g. tailored guidance and the books are tactile and interactive.
What language populations does your programme serve? We provide dual language books and guidance to local authorities to give to families that do not have English as an additional language. We offer these in over 20 of the most popular languages. https://www.booktrust.org.uk/what-we-do/programmes-and-campaigns/bookstart/practitioners/additional-offers/dual-language-books/ E.g. Romanian, Welsh, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Italian, Albanian, Arabic, Polish, Slovak, Lithunian, Portuguese, Bengali, Czech, French, Punjabi, Russian, Urdu
Evaluation and research  
Have you conducted programme evaluation or research (including longitudinal)? If yes, has this evaluation/research been published? Yes, please see https://www.booktrust.org.uk/search/?q=&type=All&sortOption=MostRecent&pageNo=1&cat=446,373#!?q=&type=All&sortOption=Relevance&pageNo=1&cat=446,373

 

   
Programme name Bookstart Corner
Country/Province/City where the programme takes place England
Year started  
Programme goal/objective To enable mums, dads and carers who require additional support to develop a love of books, stories and rhymes in their children aged 12 to 30 months.
Funding sources ·         Arts Council England (government budget) ·         Significant discount from publishers ·         Local authorities pay for storage within local authorities and the onward delivery to professionals who give the packs to families
Geographic coverage Available to 100 000 families with children aged 12-30 months in England who statutory settings such as children’s centres have identified as needing additional support
   
Purpose of the programme  
Not for profit? Yes, not for profit
Religious or political purpose? Neither
Local consistency of model  
Is your programme model consistent across your geographic area, or are there regional differences?   Not consistent. Each setting is responsible for the delivery of the programme and so it can differ in terms of ·         which families they identify as needing additional support ·         which professionals give out the packs ·         whether it is given in groups or one-to-one with families ·         how many sessions they deliver the programme (recommendation is 4)
Book Packs  
What are the contents of your gifting pack? Session 1 – Rhyme sheets Session 2 – Book pack ·         Cardboard envelope ·         1 board book ·         1 picture book ·         Parental guidance leaflet ·         Rhyme sheet Session 3 – bringing stories to life ·         Small story booklet ·         Fabric finger puppet ·         Cardboard finger puppet Session 4 -mark making ·         Crayons ·         Mark making blank pad
Is your programme offered free of charge to all families? Yes
Partnerships and Delivery  
What are your primary ‘points of contact’ with the population you serve? Library, Community centre, Health clinic  
Who gifts/hands-out your pack to families? healthcare workers, librarians, nursery school staff,  volunteers
Please list your other programme partnerships Publishers; our funder, Arts Council England; libraries, early years teams, health visitor teams, national membership organisations that our gifting partners may belong to
If your programme uses volunteers, please give some more details Some settings use volunteers but we do not have direct relationship with the volunteers so the settings are responsible for training them.
Audience  
Is the programme universal or targeted? Targeted. Settings can choose which families would benefit the most from the programme, but we recommend:
  • Referrals from health, social services, GPs or other local professionals
  • Children who have never attended a health check
  • Children entitled to the free 2-year-old early education grant
  • Expectant parents participating in the Family Nurse Partnership
  • Where there are concerns around domestic violence, drug or alcohol misuse or parental mental health
  • Families on low incomes or living in poor-quality or overcrowded housing
  • Where a child or at least one parent has a longstanding illness or disability
  • Children with a disability or special educational needs
  • Lone parent families
  • Families where a parent is serving a custodial sentence
 
How many children does your programme serve a year? 100,000 children
At what age/gifting period do children receive your programme.   12 – 24 months, 2-4 years  
Diversity provision  
Does your program include provisions or resources for children with special needs? Yes Booktouch Baby for approximately 0-2 year olds who are visually impaired Bookshine for approximately 0-2 year olds who are deaf. Special packs are designed for these groups of children that are suited to their particular needs, e.g. tailored guidance and the books are tactile and interactive.
What language populations does your programme serve? We provide dual language books and guidance to local authorities to give to families that do not have English as an additional language. We offer these in over 20 of the most popular languages. https://www.booktrust.org.uk/what-we-do/programmes-and-campaigns/bookstart/practitioners/additional-offers/dual-language-books/ E.g. Romanian, Welsh, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Italian, Albanian, Arabic, Polish, Slovak, Lithunian, Portuguese, Bengali, Czech, French, Punjabi, Russian, Urdu
Evaluation and research  
Have you conducted programme evaluation or research (including longitudinal)? If yes, has this evaluation/research been published? Yes, please see https://www.booktrust.org.uk/search/?q=&type=All&sortOption=MostRecent&pageNo=1&cat=446,373#!?q=&type=All&sortOption=Relevance&pageNo=1&cat=446,373

 

Programme name Bookstart Treasure
Country/Province/City where the programme takes place England
Year started 2005
Programme goal/objective To enable every mum, dad and carer in England to inspire a love of books, stories and rhymes in children aged 3-4 years
Funding sources ·         Arts Council England (government budget) ·         Significant discount from publishers ·         Local authorities pay for storage within local authorities and the onward delivery to professionals who give the packs to families
Geographic coverage Available to every child aged 3- 4 years old in England
   
Purpose of the programme  
Not for profit? Yes, not for profit
Religious or political purpose? Neither
Local consistency of model  
Is your programme model consistent across your geographic area, or are there regional differences? Not fully consistent. Each of the 152 local authorities are responsible for the delivery of the programme within their local authorities and so it can differ in terms of which professionals give out the packs and when they give them out to families.
Book Packs  
What are the contents of your gifting pack? ·         Envelope with activities to cut out inside ·         One picture book ·         One parental guidance booklet
Is your programme offered free of charge to all families? Yes
Partnerships and Delivery  
What are your primary ‘points of contact’ with the population you serve? Library, School, nurseries, childminders
Who gifts/hands-out your pack to families? librarians, nursery school staff
Please list your other programme partnerships. Publishers; our funder, Arts Council England; libraries, early years teams, national membership organisations that our gifting partners may belong to
If your programme uses volunteers, please give some more details N/A
Audience  
Is the programme universal or targeted? Universal
How many children does your programme serve a year? Every child aged 3-4 in England
At what age/gifting period do children receive your programme. 2-4 years
Diversity provision  
Does your program include provisions or resources for children with special needs? Yes. Booktouch Toddler for 3-5 year olds who are visually impaired. Bookshine Toddler for 3-5 year olds who are deaf. Bookstart Star. For children aged approximately 3-5 who have complex needs and/or fine motor skill delays. Special packs are designed for these groups of children that are suited to their particular needs, e.g. tailored guidance and the books are tactile and interactive.
What language populations does your programme serve? We provide dual language books and guidance to local authorities to give to families that do not have English as an additional language. We offer these in over 20 of the most popular languages. https://www.booktrust.org.uk/what-we-do/programmes-and-campaigns/bookstart/practitioners/additional-offers/dual-language-books/ E.g. Romanian, Welsh, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Italian, Albanian, Arabic, Polish, Slovak, Lithunian, Portuguese, Bengali, Czech, French, Punjabi, Russian, Urdu
Evaluation and research  
Have you conducted programme evaluation or research (including longitudinal)? If yes, has this evaluation/research been published? Yes, please see https://www.booktrust.org.uk/search/?q=&type=All&sortOption=MostRecent&pageNo=1&cat=446,373#!?q=&type=All&sortOption=Relevance&pageNo=1&cat=446,373

Videos

Videos and Powerpoints

Olivia Crill: BookTrust UK –  ‘Bookstart for English as an Additional Language (EAL) literature review and initial pilot results’
Jennifer Luk: BookTrust, UK – ‘Using Bookstart with families: our programme best practice guidance’

Nov 2019 – Best practice quality bookgifting

June 2019 – Multilingual provision and Diversity