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First Five Forever - 11th October 2016


The babies and toddlers of Mount Isa are about to get a special leaning experience when the First 5 Forever program hits the city.


Aimed at improving the outcomes for all Queensland children through supporting confidence around communication and learning, the First 5 Forever team from State Library of Queensland have been invited by the Mount Isa City Council to run a workshop at the city Library this month.


First 5 Forever facilitator Dan Georgeson said the program encourages communities to , to spend time with babies and children in their first years, talking, playing and sharing stories so that growing brains get what they need at the right time.


“Public libraries are well placed to respond to the local needs of children and their families. Libraries are available to children, and their families, from babyhood, providing year-round, free access to resources and services that support language, reading and literacy activities”, Mr Georgeson said.


Mayor Joyce McCulloch said she was thrilled to have the program introduced to Mount Isa.


“As a mother myself, and knowing how many children there are in our family-friendly community, it is vitally important to offer these programs, and for us all to understand the joys of reading, communicating, and learning,” Cr McCulloch said.


The program is aimed at children 0-5yrs, and will involve Library coordinator Astrid Hancock, State Library Consultant Speech Pathologist Kylie Webb,  Mount Isa families, workshop participants including early childhood educators, community health practitioners, parent advocates, and key decision makers working with children aged 0-5 across the region.


For more information or if you want to be a part of the free First 5 Forever workshop on October 26-27, contact Astrid Hancock, Coordinator Library Services, Mount Isa City Council on 07 4747 3352 or