Communities

Bacchus Marsh, Victoria

About the community

Bacchus Marsh is located in the Moorabool Community that is situated approximately 70 kilometres from Melbourne CBD. The Moorabool Community covers 2,110 square kilometres and has a residential population is 25,474 with 1,992 children aged 0 to 5 years (ABS Census 2006).

Bacchus Marsh and the Let's Read program

Bacchus Marsh commenced delivery of Let’s Read in 2006. Moorabool Shire delivers the Let's Read program through the Maternal and Child Health Services at key health visits. Bacchus Marsh’s Lerderderg Library provides access to a range of titles from the recommended readings list for families to borrow.

Community stories

Moorabool Shire Council's Maternal and Child Health team has continued to provide the Let's Read program in their practice. Packs are provided to nurses to discuss with parents at the Key Ages and Stages appointments for babies and children aged 4 months, 12 months, 18 months and 3.5 years. The children look forward to receiving their books and the nurses also enjoy sitting with the families and sharing the packs together, discussing different ways of incorporating reading into their daily routine.

The local Rotary club have continued their generous financial support and the Council have also continued their contribution. This partnership helps promote the importance of literacy activities beyond our practice and into the business and the general community.

September 2018

Book Bug Babes Pilot

In partnership with the Moorabool Library Services, the Maternal and Child Health Service encourages parents of 8wk old babies to attend the library to enrol, when they attend for a key health and development visit. Parents are provided with a branded envelope containing information about the project and a simplified enrolment form to take to the library to enrol their child. Once enrolled the child will receive a library bag containing library information, their library card and a small board book to keep.

The project aims to: Encourage parents to visit and familiarise themselves with the library. Increase enrolment in the library for young children. Encourage reading from birth. Increase participation in activities at the library including Story Time and Baby Rhyme Time.

The Pilot promotes early engagement with library, its programs and early literacy messages.

The Pilot has provided staff with an opportunity to promote and engage families with literacy messages prior to the delivery of the Let's Read program, increasing awareness of the benefits of reading to young babies from birth. Library staff have been supportive in delivering the pilot in partnership with Maternal and Child Health.

Additional opportunities to provide literacy messages to vulnerable families are being developed, and partnerships with programs and agencies to deliver these are identified. In 2015 the MCH service provided additional indigenous books to aboriginal families attending the service. This project has been delivered for several years with the support of Best Start funding and our Let's Read partners. The project has been well received by our indigenous families, increasing opportunities to share important literacy messages. MCH nurses have also begun to provide books to engage some of our more vulnerable children and families with the service, providing important literacy messages, modelling and increasing access to books within the home environment.

Nichole Russell, Moorabool Shire Council

Sponsors

The Let's Read program in Baccus Marsh is sponsored by the Moorabool Shire Council and the The Rotary Club Of Bacchus Marsh.

Key contact

Nicole Carver or Nicole Potaris, Moorabool Shire Council

E mchadmin@moorabool.vic.gov.au

P (03) 5366 7100