SRF Program

  • Building Home Libraries

    VEYLDF Alignment

    ​Item uses these practice principles: Partnerships with families, High expectations for every child, Equity and diversity, Reflective practice, Integrated teaching and learning approaches.

    ​Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes, Children engage with a range of texts and get meaning from these texts, Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work. 

    Description

    ​The Building Home Libraries Program aims to build children’s learning capacity, oral language and literacy development. The program enables kindergarten services to build upon home resources and knowledge to empower families to use and incorporate literacy as part of their daily routine and parenting practices. 

    The program is implemented over 12 months (or a regular time frame scheduled by the service) for services to connect with the children’s home environment. 

    The program includes:

    • Online professional training session for educators covering language and literacy development, brain development and practical role modelling ideas
    • Ongoing support for educators for the duration of the program via telephone, email or online meetings

    Program resources include:

    • Family literacy kit 
    • An initial home library with six picture books, STEM activity books, role modelling and photographic tip sheets, nursery rhyme CD, pencil case and play adjuncts in a library tub
    • Additional literacy pack for 11 months to build the child’s home library – inclusive of corresponding tip sheets and play adjuncts

    Educators/ kindergarten literacy kit:

    • The same books and resources for use in their settings to provide a wrap-around approach for children and families, forming a bridge between home and kindergarten

    Detailed Costs

    ​Resources for child (12 months): $240 per child (excluding GST and postage & handling), inclusive of a library tub

    Resources for kindergarten service (12 months): $240 per kindergarten service (excluding GST and postage & handling), inclusive of a library tub includes one set of books and resources for the setting

    Professional learning: $95 (excluding GST) per educator for professional learning session and follow-up online documentation (e.g., copy of PowerPoint presentation, certificate of attendance) and any ongoing support via emails or online meetings)

    The Building Home Libraries program includes both resources and professional development and kindergartens accessing this item are required to purchase all program components.

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: children and families enrolled in kindergarten services, early childhood educators and staff, family day care educators.

    Program/practice descriptions and details: the professional learning for educators  includes information about the program’s aims, outcomes and delivery, as well as practical demonstrations about how to role model to parents on ways to engage children in daily literacy activities. Ideas of how to incorporate the program into the kindergarten’s curriculum and program are also provided. 

    Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill for staff that attend training when determining the cost of accessing this resource. 

    Tools and systems: educators will need access to a computer, internet and zoom app for participating the online training session and online support from the provider.

    Priority Area

    Communication (language development)

    Strength of Evidence

    ​Level 4 - Emerging research evidence