A new initiative from Bradford Libraries will help young children get ready to start primary school.
Packs have been put together to help families prepare their little ones to start reception class this September.
The ‘Great Start’ bags contain a range of books to engage, enthuse and excite children about starting ‘big’ school along with a musical toy and rhyme sheet plus a finger puppet for retelling stories. They also include a survival guide for parents and carers to help make their child’s move to primary school stress-free and fun.
The bags are available to borrow from Bingley, City, Clayton, Eccleshill, Ilkley, Keighley, Laisterdyke, Manningham, Shipley, Wibsey and Wyke libraries from Friday 3 September. They can be borrowed for three weeks on an adult ticket.
Plans are in place to roll out the scheme to all 29 libraries across the Bradford District during 2021 so that all parents can have easy access.
Libraries Connected Yorkshire and Humberside provided funding for the 90 bags which were developed by Bradford Libraries so that families can be encouraged to read together with their children and support their transition to primary school.
In July 2021 the bags were loaned to parents in a pilot scheme with Copthorne Primary School. One parent said: “The bag has helped me immensely.
“My daughter enjoyed the books and characters and is excited to start school. She thinks it will be fun now but before she always said “No, I don’t want to start school.”
Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s executive member for Healthy People and Places said: “Bradford Libraries’ new Great Start bags are a fantastic way to introduce children and families to the ideas around school readiness.
“The books inside are amazing and the survival guide will be really useful for parents at this time of transition.”