Story time meets gymnastics in Central Queensland
STORY time, songs and gymnastics created a unique pop-up library experience for an excited group of youngsters this week, as part of Livingstone Shire Council's First 5 Forever program.
Yeppoon Gymnastics and Movement Centre Inc hosted the event, which allowed parents to bring their children aged five and under to experience a free kindy gym circuit after engaging in song and story time.
The session received a hugely positive response from both parents and their children who attended, aimed at facilitating a relaxed and interactive experience for the shire's children to sing, dance, laugh, play, create and discover.
First 5 Forever is an initiative of the State Library of Queensland, and is a universal family literacy program aimed at supporting stronger language and literacy environments for babies and young children from 0-5 years and their families.
Councillor Nigel Hutton who holds the portfolio for Youth Development said First 5 Forever directly supports parents and primary caregivers to feel more confidence as the child's first and most important teacher.
"The first five years of a child's life can shape their future,” Cr Hutton said.
"Literacy is so important to a young child's development, and council proudly supports initiatives such as First 5 Forever that encourage the shire's parents to nurture their child's learning and give them the best possible start.
"This program will provide parents and caregivers increased access to resources they need through public libraries.”
The Australian Early Development Census data for 2012 shows that 26.2% of Queensland children are developmentally vulnerable or at risk on one or more developmental domains - including language and cognitive skills.
In Queensland approximately 36% of parents of 0-2 year-olds, and 52% of parents of 3-8 year-olds do not read to their children regularly, and current evidence suggests this role is not well understood by parents and caregivers of children aged 0-5 years in Australia.
For more information on First 5 Forever program visit https://www.livingstone.qld.gov.au/ or phone the Livingstone Shire Council library on 4913 3850.