Time to talk, read, sing and play
THE moment a baby is conceived its brain begins to develop and by the age of five 90% of this development is complete.
To support parents and carers to create stronger language and literacy environments for under-fives, Sunshine Coast Council has re-launched its First5Forever campaign in conjunction with the State Government and the State Library of Queensland.
The council’s Young Peoples Services supervisor, Karen Gawen, said children were born ready to learn and the simple acts of talking, reading, singing and playing daily with loved ones vastly improved their learning abilities.
“Over the next 18 months we’ll be actively showing people how they can make a difference every day, any time, any place,” she said.
“Alongside our popular free library activities, we’ll be out in the community talking to people, providing and sharing information on social media and online, hosting events and, of course, council libraries and librarians are always there to help.
“The program isn’t just aimed at parents – grandparents, friends, carers, aunts, uncles play a huge role in a child’s development.
“Every story a child hears, every song sung, every conversation you have help a child learn.”
To find out more about the First5Forever program, go online to library.sunshine coast.qld.gov.au or visit a council library.
BRAIN DEVELOPMENT: Sunshine Coast Council has re-launched its First5Forever campaign.