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Better Beginnings

Sharing a love of reading, rhymes, singing and talking with your baby is one of the best things you can do to give them a head start in life and at school.

Better Beginnings has been developed by the State Library of Western Australia as a family literacy program that supports parents as their child’s first teacher. The program promotes the vital role of public libraries as community hubs that provide ongoing support to parents and caregivers in giving their children a love of reading.

Visit the Better Beginnings website to learn more.

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Reading packs for infants

Canning families with new born babies can collect a free Yellow Better Beginnings reading pack from their nearest City of Canning Library or from their Child Health Nurse.

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Reading packs for Kindergarten students

The Better Beginnings program is available for every Kindergarten student. This program supports and involves families in their children's early literacy learning. Kindy teachers from schools within the City of Canning are encouraged to contact Canning Libraries to order reading packs for their students each year in Term 1.

Families with homeschooled children can contact us directly to arrange to collect their free pack.

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Borrow a Discovery Backpack

Canning Libraries also have the Better Beginnings Discovery Backpacks for you to borrow, which include picture books, a puzzle, puppet and many other goodies.

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Sing with me

Canning Libraries are a participant in the Sing With Me! Better Beginnings program for two year olds. Singing and reading aloud with your child are two of the most important things you can do to nurture their early learning and brain development. The Better Beginnings Sing With Me reading pack provides parents with lots of resources to use at home.

Packs are handed out to families by library staff at special events. Child Health Nurse's are able to order packs for distribution on request. 

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