Books for Babies scheme launched
A programme designed to improve bonding between newborn babies and their families was launched in Porirua on March 18.
Storytime Foundation chief executive Tony Culliney said the Books for Babies programme was designed to encourage families to bond with their newborn children through reading books and telling stories.
Storytime Foundation, in cooperation with Plunket and other agencies, plays a critical role for families with newborns that experience disadvantage, have few if any books in the home and have not bonded well with their babies.
The Books for Babies programme was introduced in Auckland in 1997 and more than 100,000 books have now been delivered to families with newborn children in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Tairawhiti and Canterbury.
The first communities to receive the programme, being rolled out over the next six months, are in Porirua.
‘‘It costs $50 for each child to complete the programme and we currently have enough funding to start the Porirua programme with just 150 families.
‘‘Over the next six months I hope to be able to gradually expand the programme across the region,’’ Culliney said.