Let's Read eNewsletter

April 2015

Let's Read Parenting in Pictures

Let’s Read, in collaboration with Raising Children Network, developed two Parenting in Pictures (PIPs) resources: Reading with your baby and Reading with your toddler. These PIPs are designed to encourage families to engage their babies and toddlers in activities that help build emergent literacy skills – the foundation needed for learning to read and write.

These PIPs are based on the Let’s Read reading tips and tools that were developed in 2013 by early literacy and early childhood experts based on the latest research and practice based evidence as well as the Let's Read market research findings.

The Let’s Read PIPs are designed mainly for families and caregivers with children from birth to 5 years, with a particular focus on Indigenous families, families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and families with low literacy levels. The Let’s Read PIPs will also be available as a resource for professionals (eg: Let’s Read community program professionals, early childhood education and health professionals) who work with the primary audience to promote emergent literacy development.

During the development of the Let’s Read PIPs we consulted Let’s Read Community Program professionals (who in turn engaged families in their communities) to identify relevant images to depict the key messages.  The content and illustrations of the PIPs were also reviewed by early childhood and literacy experts in line with Raising Children Network’s quality assurance approach.

Check out the Let’s Read PIPs:

Revised Let’s Read Community Program Model 

In 2014, following a review of the Let’s Read Community Program, The Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH) at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and The Royal Children’s Hospital and The Smith Family (TSF) revised the Community Program model to align with both current research and practice-based evidence from community professionals and coordinators with ‘on the ground’ experience in Let’s Read communities.

CCCH and TSF, in collaboration with Let’s Read Community Program stakeholders, have since developed new tools and processes to support the implementation of revised Let’s Read Community Program model. In the coming months we will commence transition briefings for existing TSF Let’s Read Community Program Coordinators to introduce the new model, tools and processes so they can then disseminate this information to support the implementation of the revised Community Program model in their community. Subsequent to this, transition briefings for Self-funded Let’s Read Community Programs will commence.  We look forward to rolling out the revised Let’s Read Community Program together!

Get in touch to talk about establishing the Let's Read Community Program in your community

Let’s Read in Early Childhood Education and Care

In 2012-13 Let’s Read partnered with Goodstart Early Learning to pilot an emergent literacy professional development package that aimed to increase the capacity of educators who have limited time and resources. In this project, centres were supported with tailored professional development, resources and guidance to develop programs to foster emergent literacy and engage with children, families and their community about the importance of emergent literacy activities. The report of this work is now available.

Find out more and read the report

Let’s Read Community Stories

Read the latest stories from Let’s Read Community Programs:

About the Let’s Read Community Program

The Let’s Read Community Program is designed to support and empower families to read with their children from birth to 5 years. The Let’s Read community program draws on the knowledge, skills, resources and connections of local families, services and community groups to provide coordinated, locally relevant approaches to emergent literacy development. The Let’s Read community program looks for opportunities to support existing strengths and capacities and compliment the way communities already work with vulnerable families. Using a strengths-based approach to working with families, the Let’s Read community program seeks to build a positive partnership with families to foster children’s emergent literacy development.

Get in touch to talk about establishing the Let's Read Community Program in your community

Let's Read DVDs are on special!

The latest Let’s Read DVD is hosted by Leah Vandenberg and Alex Papps, and has been designed to encourage and support parents to share rhymes, songs and stories with their children from birth. Launched in 2013, the Let’s Read DVD has lots of simple and practical tips on how families and caregivers can enjoy books with their baby from four months of age right up until they start school and beyond. The DVD shows a range of books being read aloud in different and fun ways to build a love of books and reading.

Now on sale – copies were $15, now only $7 for a limited time! This price includes postage and handling and GST – so grab a bargain!*

* Those working within a Let’s Read Community Program should continue to purchase their resources through The Smith Family and will not be disadvantaged.

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