An integrated literacy approach and key Go Goldfields strategy for improving outcomes for children in the Central Goldfields Shire.

We believe literacy is important and we have a commitment to:

‘To us, literacy means the capacity, confidence and disposition to use language in all its forms. Literacy incorporates a range of modes of communication including music, movement, storytelling, visual arts, media and drama, as well as talking, listening, viewing, reading and writing.’ (Early Years Learning Framework, Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations, 2009.)


Let’s Read

Let's Read is a national initiative to promote reading with young children from birth to five years. Let's Read aims to give children the skills they will need to learn to read when they start school. Your baby will receive a book pack from birth every time you go to Maternal and Child Health for their key ages and stages visit. Your child will also receive a book pack during their kinder year. More tips and resources 

Book gifting

In addition to the Let’s Read book gifting, books are gifted to children throughout the year. At the Australia Day celebrations, at the library Christmas break up, and via schools and playgroups, your child will have the opportunity to get reading and share books!


Learning starts early: talk, rhyme, read and play, with your baby everyday

A DVD featuring local families will be distributed to expectant and new parents from March 2015. This DVD shares lots of simple and practical ways on how to enjoy this special time and help your baby develop their language and literacy, by sharing stories, songs, books and rhymes with your baby.

It also contains rhymes and songs you and your baby can enjoy together.

Clips from the DVD can be viewed on Youtube. The DVD stars local families, features early years’ professionals, and gives the message that it’s never too early to talk, rhyme, read and play with your baby!

Talk, rhyme, read and play with your baby every day - a booklet on the importance of reading to your newborn 


Community book boxes

Our community book boxes aim to improve access to children’s books. They have been made by the Men’s Shed and painted by the community with Art Central. Book swap boxes are located at Antenatal Clinic, Maternal and Child Health, Council Reception, St Lukes, Centrelink and the Dunolly Bakery. There is also a mini free library at Community House. These boxes are a great way to get good quality children’s books into homes, as well as to share with children when you visit book swap box venues.

Sharing rhymes, stories and songs with your baby

Baby Rhyme Time and Lap Time are free and enjoyable ways to help babies develop the skills needed to communicate and prepare for learning. In a friendly and relaxed environment you and your baby can learn rhymes, action songs and finger plays to share together. While visiting the library, browse and borrow from their collections of e resources, music and rhyme CDs, and books for babies and parents too.

Rhyme Time and Story Time are run weekly at Maryborough Regional Library Phone 5461 1950 for more information.

Lap Time happens regularly at Maternal and Child Health. 

Mother Goose sessions are also run at Dunolly Primary School. Phone for details 5468 1111


Dialogic reading: a new approach to story time

 When most adults share a book with a child, they read and the child listens. In dialogic reading, the adult helps the child become the teller of the story. The adult becomes the listener, the questioner and the audience for the child. With dialogic reading, children and adults have a conversation about the story. Dialogic reading relies on repeated readings of a book or story. It is based upon three main techniques: asking "what" questions; asking open ended questions; and expanding upon what the child says. These three techniques are designed to encourage children to talk more and give descriptions of what they see.

Dialogic reading is easy to do at home with the help of our fact sheet.

Information you can download

Talk, rhyme, read and play with your baby every day - a booklet on the importance of reading to your newborn

Share stories with your child every day - a booklet about reading and conversing with your toddler.

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