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Hundreds of children take part in Storytime

Hundreds of children take part in Storytime

How do you get children to become life-long readers? Make it fun! And that’s exactly why many of our Goodstart centres participated in today’s National Simultaneous Storytime initiative that took place at 11am around the country this morning.

Children enjoyed Australian picture book Hickory Dickory Dash, written by Tony Wilson and illustrated by Laura Wood.

For pre-Kindergarten children at Goodstart Red Hill, they ventured outdoors to the magical forest whereas children at Goodstart Morningside enjoyed listening to the book indoors while sitting around a circle. 

As educators of more than 70,500 children, we understand the critical role we have in children’s literacy learning.

Language and literacy development is a vital part of a child’s overall development. It’s the foundation for doing well at school, socialising with others, developing independence, and succeeding in life.

Research conducted by the University of Queensland has clearly shown that an important determinant for a child's success at school is how much they are exposed to reading from a young age.

Books introduce new ideas, new words, and opportunities to learn about the world. Understanding that the book’s contents (pictures and text) have meaning is a form of early literacy.
At Goodstart our aim is to ensure every child in every centre has access to high-quality language and literacy curriculum and pedagogy to enrich their imagination and develop vital language and literacy skills from an early age.

National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning outcomes from The Early Years Learning Framework.

NSS is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association.

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Read more about why reading in the early learning counts


Posted by Goodstart
23 May 2018

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