Literacy program offering kids a head start in life of learning

SUPPORT for stronger language and literacy environments for children under five is being offered through Bundaberg Regional Libraries as part of statewide literacy program First 5 Forever.

Council's sport and recreation spokeswoman Lynne Forgan said parents were a child's first and most important teacher and it was never too early to start reading to children.

"Regularly reading to your child, particularly from birth to five years old, can greatly assist with their literacy development and could make a big difference to their schooling later in life," Cr Forgan said. "Bundaberg Regional Libraries is running a number of programs to support parents during this time including an Aqua Bubs Literacy Program and Birth and Beyond sessions hosted by Child Health Nurses."

Aqua Bubs is held every Thursday from 9.30am at Norville Pool.

"For just $5 parents and their bubs can gain entry to the pool and enjoy a water aerobics class which allows both parent and child to relax and have a bit of fun.

"This is followed by morning tea and a literacy session with our First 5 Forever project officer who will be able to answer any questions parents may have.

"This particular session is targeted towards parents with children aged six months to two years."

Every Thursday between 9.30am and 12.30pm residents can also pop in to the Bundaberg Library Meeting Room to speak with a Margaret Rose Centre Child Health Nurse as part of the Birth and Beyond sessions.

"The nurses are available to discuss any questions parents may have, whether it be the development of children aged zero to five years, toilet training, tantrums, fussy eating or just to share the trials and triumphs of early parenthood."

For more information, head to library.bunda and look for the Young People tab.