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Learning to read is one of life's essential achievements but at this age, you're really focusing on what's known as early literacy – skills that will allow them to develop a love of books and reading.
While bedtime books are a great routine and a chance for snuggles and bonding, you will also be helping with speech development as well as recognition of colours, animal names and sounds and the alphabet.
Another skill a three-plus-year-old will struggle with is to listen to a story without talking or taking over – regular reading will help this. If they continue to get bored quickly try reading rhyming songs or short kids' poems by the likes of Dr Suess, Roald Dahl and Spike Milligan.
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Shared books are a great chance for snuggles and bonding. Image: Getty.
Other than regularly reading to them, strategies that will encourage your child's early literacy:
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