First 5 For­ever to help lit­er­acy and lan­guage

Isis Town and Country - - Life -

SUP­PORT for stronger lan­guage and lit­er­acy en­vi­ron­ments for chil­dren aged zero to five years is be­ing of­fered through Bund­aberg Re­gional Li­braries as part of state-wide lit­er­acy pro­gram First 5 For­ever.

The coun­cil’s sport, recre­ation and venues spokes­woman Lynne For­gan said par­ents were a child’s first and most im­por­tant teacher and it was never too early to start read­ing to chil­dren.

“Reg­u­larly read­ing to your child, par­tic­u­larly from birth to five years old, can greatly as­sist with their lit­er­acy devel­op­ment and could make a big dif­fer­ence to their school­ing later in life,” Cr For­gan said.

“Bund­aberg Re­gional Li­braries is run­ning a num­ber of pro­grams to sup­port par­ents dur­ing this time, in­clud­ing an Aqua Bubs Lit­er­acy Pro­gram and Birth and Be­yond ses­sions hosted by Child Health Nurses.”

Cr For­gan said Aqua Bubs was held ev­ery Thurs­day from 9.30am at Norville Pool.

“For just $5 par­ents and their bubs can gain en­try to the pool and en­joy a wa­ter aer­o­bics class, which al­lows both par­ent and child to re­lax and have a bit of fun.

“This is fol­lowed by morn­ing tea and a lit­er­acy ses­sion with our First 5 For­ever project of­fi­cer who will be able to an­swer any ques­tions par­ents may have.

“This par­tic­u­lar ses­sion is tar­geted to­wards par­ents with chil­dren aged six months to two years.”

Ev­ery Thurs­day be­tween 9.30am and 12.30pm res­i­dents can also pop in to the Bund­aberg Li­brary meet­ing room to speak with a Mar­garet Rose Cen­tre Child Health Nurse as part of the Birth and Be­yond ses­sions.

“The nurses are avail­able to dis­cuss any ques­tions par­ents may have, whether it be the devel­op­ment of chil­dren aged zero to five years, toi­let train­ing, tantrums, fussy eat­ing or just to share the tri­als and tri­umphs of early par­ent­hood.

“I would en­cour­age res­i­dents to take ad­van­tage of this part­ner­ship to gain the tools and knowl­edge they need to of­fer their chil­dren the best pos­si­ble start in life.”

Th­ese First 5 For­ever pro­grams are sup­ported by Wide Bay Hospi­tal and Health Ser­vice, State Li­brary F5F Lit­er­acy Pro­gram and Bund­aberg Re­gional Li­braries.

For in­for­ma­tion head to li­brary.bund­aberg.qld.

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