The Education Network for Waltham Forest
Supported by Waltham Forest

Bookstart for Schools & Early Years settings

Guidance for Schools & Colleges

Find out about the Council’s service in this areaBookstart is the first National Books for Babies Programme in the world. The aim is to provide every child of 4 and under with two Bookstart packs free of charge to promote the idea of book-sharing and a lifelong love of books with parents and carers.

Parents and carers should visit our Bookstart page to find out about where you can collect your Bookstart packs.

Bookstart Universal Offer

Two packs are universally gifted and are available to order for your settings:

  • Bookstart Baby (available for children 0-12 months)
    Primary distribution point: Registrars
    Secondary distribution point: Libraries
  • Bookstart Treasure Pack (available for children aged 3-4 years)
    Primary distribution points: Children's Centres and Nurseries
    Secondary distribution points: Health Visitors
    Additional (back-up): distribution points: Libraries

To place an order, please download and complete a Bookstart Delivery Request form that registered users can download below and send it to Muhammad Javed.

Please note: If we are ever unable to fulfil an order due to the number of requests, preference will always be given to the centres designated as primary distribution routes for each given pack. Any unfulfilled orders will always be rolled over for the next month’s delivery unless we or you advise otherwise.

Bookstart Corner (available to eligible children aged 12-24 months)

Bookstart Corner is Book Trust's targeted programme delivered in partnership with Children's Centres. It supports Children’s Centres across England to help families that need the most support to develop a love of stories, books and rhymes.

Aimed at families with children aged 12-24 months, the programme allows centres to offer intensive support for parents and carers so that they may read together for pleasure with their children with confidence.

All Children's Centres that sign up receive a number of free resources to use to help them build on the work already carried out with families. Each Centre also receives either 25 or 50 packs, containing two picture books and guidance materials, to gift to families.

Bookstart Corner is free to deliver. If you are interested in your Centre taking part please speak to your Children’s Centre Cluster Coordinator in the first instance. If you would like more information about the scheme or if your cluster has not received the information, please visit the Booktrust website or email an enquiry to

Class Visits

Waltham Forest Libraries would be delighted to welcome your class to the library on a visit. We offer introductory tours for school classes to show children the library, sign them up for membership (we’ll supply you with the forms ahead of your visit for parents to complete) and depending on the time you’ve got, read some stories too.

To book a class visit please phone your nearest library on 020 8496 3000 or email:

We are also available to attend parents’ evenings, school fairs and open days to promote reading and the library offer to parents and children alike. If you would like to arrange this or have any other enquiries about how else the library might support your school please email

Schools’ Library Service

The Schools' Library Service is a subscription-based support service for schools which provides advice and guidance as well as topic packs and fiction loans.

Waltham Forest Council do not currently have a Schools’ Library Service offer in place, however schools can subscribe to and access the Redbridge Schools’ Library Service.


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Last updated: 
Thursday, 28 April, 2016
Last updated: 28 April 2016 by Arjun Gadhvi