Price Free / Fully funded
Delivery Type Face to face
Training Provider Scottish Book Trust

Bookbug Explorer Bag Training: Making the Most of Your Gifting Events

The Bookbug Explorer Bag is gifted to every three-year-old in Scotland in their ante-preschool year. The free Bookbug Explorer Bag is packed with books, music, drawing materials and other resources to encourage parent and child interaction.


Research shows us that the bags are most effective when parents and children are involved in the gifting process. This training session offers staff ideas on how to make best use of this resource. The training includes a Bookbug Explorer Bag gifting handbook and an Explorer Bag for each setting to take away and use to prepare their gifting events.


Course Aims and Objectives

- Give practitioners an understanding of how to gift the Explorer Bag effectively, including how to integrate the bag into their setting to excite children about books, stories and reading

- Improve understanding of how to engage parents in Bookbug bag gifting and why this is important

- Give ideas of practical activities that can be done in a setting that will build excitement before gifting the bags

- Highlight key messages about book sharing to pass on to parents

- Show how the Explorer bag links to GIRFEC and Curriculum for Excellence


Eligibility Criteria

Delegates must be both:

- staff from nurseries, early years settings or libraries

- involved in gifting the Bookbug Explorer Bags to three year olds


Course Length: 1.5 hours

Delegate Numbers: 12 to 20 people


Attending or Arranging a Training Session:

Visit or contact 0131 541 2342

Training Provider Overview

Scottish Book Trust is a national charity that believes books, reading and writing have the power to change lives. From introducing books and storytelling to pre-school children to inspiring and empowering adult readers and writers, we believe it’s never too early – or too late – to begin a magical journey with words.

We deliver a range of programmes across Scotland including Bookbug, Read, Write, Count, the First Minister’s Reading Challenge, Live Literature and Book Week Scotland to create and nurture a lifelong love of reading and writing.

Scottish Book Trust provides high-quality Bookbug CPL courses to support professionals to ensure that stories, songs and rhymes are part of every baby and young child’s life. Each course is evidence-informed and links to current early years policy and initiatives. Our training is a blend of theory, research and policy with practical activities and group discussions. All our courses are delivered with a fun and relaxed approach and include resources to support the key messages of training.

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Training Provider Contact Details

Provider Name: Scottish Book Trust

Telephone: 0131 541 2342



Quality Assurance

Our Bookbug training courses are evidence informed. We constantly review the content of our training to ensure that the activities, examples and information are up to date. We monitor our courses for quality through delegate evaluation forms. If you have any questions, or concerns, please contact