Last week we were thrilled to join the South Australia Catholic Education SPICE program for the launch of their PTTR initiative – Paint Playgroups REaD, under the leadership of Emily Bowden.
All South Australia Catholic Education supported playgroups now have a Book Swap box for families to take books home, and the facilitators have received training in the power and importance of early brain development.
In November 2022, young children from across the Anangu Lands in South Australia – also known as the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands) – gathered together at Mimili to celebrate their year of daily reading, singing and dancing as part of “Paint the Lands REaD, Black and Yellow”. Mimili is the 100th PTTR community.
What a celebration that is for PTTR and what a wonderful way to end the year!
Senior managers committed to supporting grass roots workers and volunteers getting the message about REaD from Birth out into the community.
Whole families invited. All activities reading, singing, drawing, looking at animals, focused around children.
Children loving their PTTR mascot — Rooby Roo — and knowing what Rooby loves to do best of all — reading.
Sustainability: being there for the long haul. In Penrith’s case, now over 10 years.
A clear message: ‘Spread the word. Reading is important from Day 1!’
Rooby Roo has a special message for children who read and sing everyday. Well done! You are growing your brain. A big thank you to all family members who make time to read and sing with little ones. You are making a big difference in their lives.
Although signed off earlier this year, COVID (or course!) has stopped us getting together in person – so we met over a ZOOM call today.
Needless to say lack of an official launch has not stopped Goodstart WA services and WA PTTR members working together, firstly with Decoration Packs for Goodstart Services, reading visits and a partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and UWWA.
Watch this space for what the partnership will create in 2022!