The Books in Homes Early Childhood Program (previously known as the 0-3 Program) typically runs in community groups, playgroups or childcare centres with parents and children aged 0-5 years old. The Early Childhood Program operates in Terms 1, 2 and 4.
The key components of the Early Childhood Program are:
- To support families by creating a “value” for reading
- To support families to increase reading engagement with their children
- To motivate families and children to view reading as an “everyday” activity
- To create a legacy of books-of-choice in remote and low socio-economic homes.
Some of the benefits of the Early Childhood Program are that it:
- Empowers children and families to choose books they are excited to read together that align with their tastes and interests
- Introduces new, fun and high quality picture books and board books into traditionally “bookless” homes
- Allows children to start building home libraries and encourages sharing between siblings
- Normalises reading and provides the foundation for the development of literacy skills prior to the schooling years especially when children read and re-read their favourite books with their parents or carers
- Facilitates bonding and engagement between children and their parents or carers via reading activities
- Fosters creativity and enjoyment through reading
- Invokes the children’s imagination
- Facilitates a positive emotional connection between books and family time so that children are more likely to remember them with warmth and nostalgia as they grow up
- Provides access to contemporary stories, characters and themes that are inclusive and relevant
- Enhances cultural connection via the 25% Indigenous book offering on the Program
- Creates anticipation and excitement when the children wait for the arrival of their books prior to the Book Giving Assembly
- Introduces children to Role Models from all walks of life and professions who share inspirational life stories because of books and reading
- Provides children with a sense of achievement for being rewarded for good behaviour and effort via the Caught Being Good Program.
The Early Childhood Program provides the following every year:
- Three Preview Packs of 12 books – Each Preview Pack allows families to view all the books on offer prior to making their selections. The Preview Packs (36 books in total) are then donated to the community library for all to access.
- Book Catalogues – Glossy A4 Book Catalogues are distributed in the Preview Packs to families each term. They include information on the book titles and an order form.
- Books for Families – Each participating family receives nine books per year (three books in each of Terms 1, 2 and 4). These books are predominantly picture books and board books and have very little writing.
- Book Labels – Books in Homes provides a label or name plate for each book, which emphasises the two most important characteristics of the Books in Homes program—choice and ownership.
- Book Bags – Each term families receive a sturdy waterproof bag to keep and to protect their books.
- Caught Being Good Books and Certificates – Books in Homes provides additional books and certificates for educators to use as tangible incentives and rewards. This presents reading in a positive light and ensures it is at the forefront of a family’s mind.
The Program provides the following each year to each participating early childcare centre:
- 36 books in the Preview Pack
- Nine Books-of-Choice per family
- Nine Book Labels per family
- Three Book Bags per family
- Extra Caught Being Good books and certificates
- Three Book Giving Assemblies per year.
The cost per family is $151.80 (excl GST).
CEO and Chairperson
Books in Homes Australia
Phone: 02 9434 2488