Less than half read to children
READING is being promoted in Childers as a result of schools finding many new students are not prepared to start school.
Goodwood State School principal and state secretary of the Queensland Association of State School Principals Steve Coleman said it was placing a huge burden on Goodwood and other schools in the region.
Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett said one in four Queensland children did not know enough words when they started school.
“And sadly, many never catch up,” he said.
As a result, the State Government has launched a $20 million Best Start initiative designed to give Queensland families information, skills and tools to help their children develop early language and literacy at home.
Mr Bennett said the Best Start initiative would begin in January.
It features a literacy toolkit for parents and reading initiatives, including a funding boost to public library programs.
He said research showed that learning to read was the single most important factor in school success.
However, only 48% of Queensland parents were reading regularly to their three- to eight-year-olds.
Mr Bennett said he understood busy working mums and dads were “time poor”, but he said even 10 minutes of reading a day could make all the difference.
BOOST LITERACY: Goodwood State School principal Steve Coleman with Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett.