I've just read in the Sentinel that Stoke-on-Trent are now going to be giving parents guidance and training to help their young ones to begin reading.
I personally think this is great. It should have been done a long long time ago.
It's not as easy as getting a janet and jane book off a shelf. It's about knowing the techniques to help your child take on a massive undertaking.
First it's about learning the letters, knowing the letters. Then it's about joining the letters to make sounds. We're going through it with our 4 year old. Because we (mainly my wife) has helped her at home as well as the work they do a school, she's come on massively.
It has to be fun, but then it has to be hard work as well, whilst remembering they are just little.
During the holidays my little girl had the confidence to write one whole sentence. The spelling was all over the place, who cares. She wrote down briefly what she'd done that day. She went to the fair.
She now has a massive advantage when she goes into reception, going through school life, because she got over the hurdle with loads of help and support.
With 10 minutes here and there, we can help our children get these head starts in life.
With our first child, it was a much harder process. We didn't know about phonics and how it can help a child to form the sounds.
Still, it would be a much more proactive scheme if it could be supported fully with a 30 hour so those Nursery teachers can help bring the full skills out of the children.