Register child to read 1000 before start of kindergarten

A NEW early literacy reading initiative is encouraging youngsters to read 1000 books before reaching kindergarten – and reap the benefits.

The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program was launched at Granville Library by Cumberland Council and aims to foster a love for reading and help improve early literacy skills in infants and children aged up to five years.
Cumberland Mayor Lisa Lake said introducing books to children at an early age, could significantly help their brain development and improve academic and language skills.
“Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) data shows 23 percent of children in Cumberland are developmentally vulnerable when they start school, particularly in the areas of their language, social skills and communication,” Mayor Lake said.
“The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a great initiative to engage with families and lay the foundations for literacy and education at a young age.
“We invite all parents in our community to register their infant or child into this new exciting program to help them develop the skills needed for success at school and beyond.”
The program is flexible and recognises that diverse reading experiences contribute to early literacy foundation, this allows parents to incorporate a variety of reading materials including books in any language, books from home, the library, story time sessions, playgroups and books read at childcare.
To participate, parents can easily register online or visit any library in Cumberland. Once registered, participants can pick up a free starter pack, which includes a reading log to track their progress. As part of the program, children will receive small gifts to celebrate their milestones.
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