Our research shows that our work can have a direct influence on academic performance, concentration, social integration, behaviour, confidence, self-esteem and the happiness of children.
For older children, many of these benefits come from the one-to-one time spent with our volunteers, a chance to discuss books and share ideas.
Other benefits include:
- Very young children appreciate the routine provided by “story time”; this helps prepare them for nursery
- Parents are more inclined to take their young children to play groups and enrol them in nurseries at the earliest age
- Children from families whose mother-tongue is not English overcome their language barriers more quickly and then catch up at school
- Children and parents begin to consider books and reading for pleasure part of home life.