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Reading and play

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Barking and Dagenham Play Partnership

The Barking and Dagenham Play Partnership is a range of public, voluntary and private organisations committed to improving play opportunities for children.

The aim of the group is to act as the borough’s lead body and reference point for all services making decisions that may have an impact on children and young people’s play and to be responsible for implementation and monitoring of the Barking and Dagenham Play Strategy.

LBBD Play Strategy (PDF, 97.28 KB)

Any organisation supporting children’s play can become a member.

Our current membership includes:

  • Police
  • voluntary services
  • Leisure Services
  • Play England

The Barking and Dagenham Play Partnership annually organises a celebration for National Play Day, celebrated across the UK to highlight the importance of play and learning through play.

10 minutes extra reading

Reading for just ten minutes a day can massively improve children’s literacy.

Whether you have a newborn, a preschooler, or an older child, there are lots of fun ways you can help them develop.

Research has repeatedly shown that the most accurate predictor of a pupil’s achievement is not parent income but the extent to which parents create a home environment that encourages learning.

Children are twice as likely to read outside the classroom if they are encouraged to read by both their mother and father.

Benefits for children who are encouraged to read by their parents include:

  • higher academic achievement
  • being happier as adults
  • earning higher incomes
  • living healthier lives

If you can spare just ten minutes a day to read with your children you can make a huge difference to their development and help give your children the best start in life so they can succeed.

It doesn’t have to be just books that you read - it can be a comic, magazine article or a story you have made up yourselves.

Tips for parents and carers:

  • read yourself and make time to read to your child every day - a bedtime story with your child every night is a great routine
  • keep books at home
  • visit your library - it’s free to join and all libraries have children’s sections and storytelling sessions
  • keep in touch with school and build on the progress your child is making at school
  • be positive and praise your child for trying hard at their reading