Research Centre receives funding to evaluate national charity project

21 December 2015

The Research Centre for Children, Families and Communities (RCfCFC) at Canterbury Christ Church University has been selected by the largest reading charity in the UK, Booktrust, to evaluate the influence of its programme Bookstart Baby.

The Research Centre for Children, Families and Communities (RCfCFC) at Canterbury Christ Church University has been selected by the largest reading charity in the UK, Booktrust, to evaluate the influence of its programme Bookstart Baby.

Bookstart Baby is delivered in England to families with a baby from birth to 12 months with the aim to support the development of reading habits from an early age, ensuring that books can be accessed in homes, and to promote ideas about shared reading.

The research team at RCfCFC has received funding to carry out the project: Research and Evaluation: The Role of the Bookstart Baby gifting process in supporting shared reading, where they will delve into the gifting processes and practices of Bookstart Baby and evaluate its influence on parents’ and carers’ behaviour related to sharing books with their babies.

Kathy Goouch, Professor of Early Education in the RCfCFC at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “We feel privileged to be working with such an inspirational charity and we are keen to explore and better understand the gifting process, the nature of ‘the gift’, and the contexts within which the gifting process occurs.

“Our Centre is experienced in researching the lives of babies and their parents or carers, and the wide-ranging experience and expertise of the team was felt by Booktrust to be of particular benefit to this research. We are pleased that our research may contribute to the future work of the programme.”

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