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First 5 Forever

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Donna Neaves and Andrea Hurley

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First 5 Forever

  1. 1. first5forever.org.au The first 5 years last a lifetime 1
  2. 2. first5forever.org.au Andrea Hurley andrea.hurley@brisbane.qld.gov.au First 5 Forever Coordinator Brisbane City Council Libraries Donna Neaves donna.neaves@brisbane.qld.gov.au First 5 Forever Program Officer Brisbane City Council Libraries Linking with Libraries to Support Early Literacy The first 5 years last a lifetime 2
  3. 3. first5forever.org.au What is First 5 Forever? The first 5 years last a lifetime 3
  4. 4. first5forever.org.au AEDC findings in 2009 and 2012 indicated that in Queensland the language and communication domains were areas where children were at risk and vulnerable. WHY? The first 5 years last a lifetime 4
  5. 5. first5forever.org.au Percentages of children identified as developmentally vulnerable in Queensland The first 5 years last a lifetime 5
  6. 6. HOW? Key Deliverables first5forever.org.au More early literacy sessions at the library for young children and their parents/carers Outreach strategies that deliver increased participation of parents/carers Partnership with local organisations and local early childhood sector workers Professional development The first 5 years last a lifetime 6
  7. 7. first5forever.org.au Snap Shot of Brisbane City Council Libraries The first 5 years last a lifetime 7 33 libraries including 6 hubs, 1 mobile library and archives 1.3 million items in our collection 6.2 million visitors 226, 253 attendees at early literacy programs
  8. 8. first5forever.org.au Where are libraries in Brisbane? The first 5 years last a lifetime 8
  9. 9. What do libraries offer? first5forever.org.au Early literacy advice Activities for parents and children Early literacy programs Resources Information Connections ALIA Public Libraries Advisory Committee report Early Literacy Framework and Strategy for Australian Public Libraries February 2014. The first 5 years last a lifetime 9
  10. 10. first5forever.org.au Collaboratively improving literacy outcomes for children The first 5 years last a lifetime NQS – Quality Area 6 Collaborative partnerships with families and communities 10
  11. 11. first5forever.org.au First 5 Forever sessions – What’s new? The first 5 years last a lifetime Focus on interaction – parent and child engagement Slowing down the pace of the sessions: Repetition Turn taking – serve and return Expanding on what children say Using visual props 11
  12. 12. Parent Messages first5forever.org.au The first 5 years last a lifetime Parent’s involvement in their children’s literacy experiences has a positive impact on their children’s reading performance and is key to young children’s future literacy achievement and educational success. (Rankin and Brock 2015) 12
  13. 13. first5forever.org.au Babies Books and Rhymes The first three years of your baby’s life are very important for brain development. As parents, you can make a real difference by using this window of opportunity to support baby’s learning at home. There are four simple things you can do right from the start – simply talk, rhyme, read and play with your baby everyday. (first5forver.org.au) Examples of Parent Messages The first 5 years last a lifetime
  14. 14. first5forever.org.au Toddler Time Use gestures when you speak to your child. Gestures are an important part of communication and will help your child understand what you are saying. Gestures provide your child with examples of nonverbal messages that they can use. In addition, they are thought to be a “bridge” to learning to say the words they represent. (Source: Hanen Early Language Program, 2011.) Examples of Parent Messages The first 5 years last a lifetime
  15. 15. first5forever.org.au Storytime Helping children hear the smaller sounds in words (the syllables), by clapping them out is one way to develop their phonological awareness. Children can hear the syllables more easily than each individual sound in words. Game: Clap the syllables in your child’s name and other familiar words. Who has the most claps? (The Early Literacy Kit, 2010) Examples of Parent Messages The first 5 years last a lifetime
  16. 16. Inclusive practice first5forever.org.au Chatter Play Community Outreach First 5 Forever Stories and Signs Little Stars Reading Club The first 5 years last a lifetime 16
  17. 17. Components of Early Literacy first5forever.org.au The first 5 years last a lifetime Oral Language Phonological Awareness Alphabet Knowledge Print Awareness 17
  18. 18. first5forever.org.au Supporting the development of children’s mark making skills The first 5 years last a lifetime 18
  19. 19. Supporting the development of children’s mark making skills The first 5 years last a lifetime 19
  20. 20. first5forever.org.au What do Brisbane libraries offer to support families and communities? The first 5 years last a lifetime Free early literacy sessions Free membership for each person in the family Each member can borrow up to 20 items at a time Free access to WiFi Free reading programs such as Gold star and Little Stars Parent information and literacy advice Interactive floor and table Opportunity to connect with others 20
  21. 21. first5forever.org.au Engaging and Partnering for Collective Impact The first 5 years last a lifetime Workshop Discuss an effective partnership you have experienced. What did it look like? What would an effective partnership with your local library look? How would you measure the success of this partnership? How can we establish and maintain this partnership? 21
  22. 22. first5forever.org.au What can you do to strengthen the link between your service and your local library? The first 5 years last a lifetime Ideas: Invite libraries to visit your service on Open Days Advertise library events at your service Become a service member of the library Encourage families to become members Have a ‘Library book of the week’ Make regular visits to the library with your children Include library staff as community helpers 22
  23. 23. first5forever.org.au Overview and Summary The first 5 years last a lifetime What is First 5 Forever and why? How is Brisbane City Council implementing First 5 Forever? What do libraries offer to support families? How can libraries, early childhood and community services work together? Questions? 23
  24. 24. first5forever.org.au The first 5 years last a lifetime

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