Time to talk, read, sing and play

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BRAIN DEVEL­OP­MENT: Sun­shine Coast Coun­cil has re-launched its First5For­ever cam­paign.

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