Toowoomba Regional Libraries is anticipating the most successful year yet for the First 5 Forever program, with last year indicating a 37% rise in session attendances compared to 2016.
The First 5 Forever program aims to provide strong emergent literacy foundations and life-long learning capabilities for all Queensland children aged 0-5 years, by directly supporting parents and primary caregivers as their child’s first and most important educator.
Toowoomba Regional Council Environment and Community portfolio leader Cr Joe Ramia said that he is delighted with the increasing success of the First 5 Forever program in our region.
“It’s fantastic to see parents and carers are enthusiastic in helping their children when their brains are developing at their fastest,” Cr Ramia said.
“Parents and carers want to do what’s best for their kids, but sometimes it’s difficult to navigate what kids really need when there’s a barrage of competing messages out there.
“The First 5 Forever program encourages parents and carers to talk, sing, play and read more with their children in their early years.
“Research is showing that these simple activities give children the best start in life and lay the foundation for their success in school, especially literacy. Children are born ready to learn and some of the best learning comes from nurturing relationships.
“That’s why we’re really excited that local families have embraced this initiative.
“This program and its events are not only great for children; they are also an opportunity for adults to connect, socialise and have fun.
“Considering the growth in attendance in the past two years, we’re anticipating that 2018 will be the program’s most popular year yet.
“I hope more children, parents, grandparents and caregivers continue to come and benefit from the free activities and support available.”
In 2017, Toowoomba Region families with children aged 0-5 benefited from 252 free early literacy sessions as part of the state-wide First 5 Forever program.
Over last year, 6126 attendances were recorded with sessions offered in 41 different locations.
For more information on First 5 Forever sessions in the Toowoomba Region, please visit http://www.tr.qld.gov.au/libraryevents or call 131 872.