Teaching toddlers words through play

23 June 2017

One of the world’s most innovative learning spaces for toddlers will be launched today.

Titled Book Box, it helps children from zero to five years learn to love books and reading, while engaged in a play-based experience.

“I’m delighted to see this at Ormeau Community Centre,’’ said Acting Mayor Donna Gates.

“So far this year, our library staff have held 903 story-time sessions for children aged zero to five years. That involved 26,000 children and their carers. Book Box is all that and more and I’m delighted to see it launch in Ormeau today.’’

Book Box is a dedicated early years’ space at Ormeau, featuring both a book-lending and play-based learning environment.

This facility aims to improve educational outcomes for children by supporting the development of speech and vocabulary while nurturing a love of books and reading.

Being read to at an early age is critical in terms of a child’s social, cognitive, emotional and language development, as well as their overall well-being.

Research shows that a child’s language development before the age of three is the single most important factor in school success. Children need experiences such as sharing books, talking together, singing songs and time interacting with important adults in their life, in order to provide a strong brain structure for future learning.

Cr Gates said investing in emergent literacy skills, before children start school is far more beneficial than attempting remedial techniques to treat poor literacy outcomes at a later stage.

For information visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/library-parentsandlittlies

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