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Creating a 'book cafe' at nursery

Start your own book cafe at nursery for parents to come and read a book with a drink before picking their child up.

This will not only help the parent’s mental health and calm down pick up time, but also further support strong parental partnerships.

If a book cafe won't work due to size or parents not using it, why not have a parent 'lending library'  for those with limited books at home, so they can borrow some from your nursery?

Remember, some parents may not be confident in their reading, or may not be able to read at all, so try to provide audio stories too. You could also supply picture books and props.

Encourage the children to use the lending library as this will prompt the parents to as well!

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