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Storytime for Babies provides best start for your little one

11 April 2016

It's never too early to start learning, Western Downs Libraries Storytime for Babies initiative is helping parents give their babies the best start in life.

It’s never too early to start learning, Western Downs Libraries Storytime for Babies initiative is helping parents give their babies the best start in life.

It’s never too early to read, talk, and play with your children and Western Downs Libraries are helping parents give their babies the best start in life by supporting early communication and pre-literacy development through their new pilot program Storytime for Babies launching on Tuesday 12 April in Chinchilla.

  • A child’s brain undergoes major development by age 3, so Storytime for Babies is the perfect opportunity for parents and caregivers to start laying the foundations for stronger learning for their children in the future;
  • The pilot program encourages parents and caregivers to regularly sing nursery rhymes, tell stories, share experiences, and read books, anywhere, anytime with their children;
  • Story time for Babies will be trialled at Chinchilla and Dalby Libraries over a six-week period, before being rolled out across the Western Downs;
  • Storytime for Babies, is funded by the State Government’s ‘First 5 Forever’ Early Literacy initiative which is designed to promote that it’s never too early to start learning.

Western Downs Regional Council General Manager for Community and Liveability Jodie Taylor said the addition of Storytime for Babies to Western Downs Libraries list of Early Literacy programs will provide parents and babies the best benefits when it comes to their children starting their first years of primary education.

“Babies and children love sharing stories and it’s never too early to talk, read and tell stories with your child,” she said.

“The new Storytime for Babies initiative, to be trialled at Chinchilla and Dalby Libraries, is a relaxed and fun opportunity for you to bond with your baby, as well as meet other families and enjoy finding stories and rhymes to share at home.

“Babies taking part in the program will not only benefit from the value of early literacy, but will gain an increased understanding of routine, as well as benefit from the social interactions with other participants, giving them the best start for their future development.

“Western Downs Libraries is committed to supporting parents, caregivers and children to be the best they can be by providing high-quality, engaging, and fun learning environments and programs.”

Storytime for Babies is best suited to babies under 12 months of age, and their parent / caregiver and is free to attend.

Storytime for Babies will be on Tuesday 12 April at the Chinchilla Uniting Church Hall, and Wednesday 13 April at the Dalby Library from 10 to 10.30am. No bookings are necessary. For more details visit www.library.wdrc.qld.gov.au or call 1300 COUNCIL.

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