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Books needed to create Lifelong Learners

Amy Dampney - Thursday, March 23, 2017

Linda reading a book to XavierKate Mason would like all children to have 1,000 books read to them by the time they are five – to create a generation of lifelong learners who are inquisitive, articulate and ready for school.

To do this she needs your help!

As Director of the Kath Dickson Education Care Centre, the passionate early childhood educator is calling for donations of books to create a family library. 

“We want to create an opportunity for families to read to their children and emphasise to families how important it is to read to your children during the first five years of life,” Kate explained.

“By involving the community, we are also hoping to enhance social inclusion and active citizenship and promote lifelong learning.”

Kate said reading equips children with vital skills needed for school and life success.

“Reading to children helps to develop oral language and listening skills and it increases their attention span,” Kate said.

“Reading also stimulates their imagination and helps children to understand and enjoy the world around them, by broadening their knowledge.”

The innovative educator has created an inviting, homely space for the family library.

“We wanted to create an environment where parents can sit down and bond with their children – a cosy space with a lounge, where families can read and interact,” Kate explained.

It is hoped families will be able to borrow a variety of books from the library.

“We are looking for books right across the board – nature books, children’s books and some novels that parents might want to pick up,” Kate said.

“A wide variety of books that all ages can enjoy.”

DONATION LOCATON: Kath Dickson Education Care Centre, 44 Gladstone Street (Corner or Bridge and Gladstone Streets)
 WHEN: 7am – 6pm Monday to Friday

Media Contact: Kate Mason, 07 4632 5284, Director Kath Dickson Education and Care Centre (Crn Bridge and Gladstone Streets)