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Why should parents focus on reading with their child? Because parental involvement in their child’s literacy practices is a more powerful force than other family background variables, such as social class, family size and level of parental education.

Research shows that parents who introduce their babies to books give them a head start in school and an advantage over their peers throughout primary school.

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Why should parents focus on communicating with their child? Because early speech and language skills are associated with success in developing reading, writing, and interpersonal skills, both in childhood and later in life.

Research shows that poorer children heard approximately 600 words per hour; whilst working-class children heard 1,200 words per hour, but interestingly, children from professional families heard 2,100 words per hour.

By the age of 3, a poorer child would have heard 30 million fewer words in their home environment than a child from a professional family.

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