Item uses these practice principles: Partnerships with families.
Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children engage with a range of texts and get meaning from these texts, Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work.
A service can set up a book-gifting program to provide children with access to a range of age-appropriate reading materials. The aim of such a program should be to assist in promoting reading in the home-learning environment, and should include parent engagement and support from kindergarten educators.
Costs might range from $200 to $2,000, depending on the range of resources the service is able to buy.
Target population: families.
services may need to consider how staff will organise their time to run this program, giving consideration to extra working hours or backfill costs.
Factors to consider: while this program targets early literacy in the home, it will be important that parents are provided with support to develop their skills in book-sharing with their children in order for the program to effectively enhance children’s development. You may want to consider how your service might set up a book-sharing program with parent support built into the model.