Books for Ba­bies scheme launched

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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.

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