The importance of reading to your children

Proud parents Maria Lezes and Hadi Rafeea are looking forward to reading to baby Amir.
Members of the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association (ALEA Sydney West) have visited Westmead Hospital recently to celebrate International Literacy Day.

ALEA Sydney West treasurer Donna Gurka said it is important to start reading to our children at a young age.

“We want families to read to their children and encourage reading during their early school years,” Mrs Gurka said.

All families in the maternity wards were presented with a copy of Mem Fox’s much loved Baby Bedtime as well as a book for the new parents titled Reading Magic: How Your Child Can Learn to Read Before School – And Other Read-Aloud Miracles.

Westmead Hospital ‘s Women’s Health operations manager Donna Garland said she supports the encouragement of families reading together.

“Many families read bed time stories to their young children … education and health play important roles in our lives,” Ms Garland said.

“It’s encouraging that families will continue this past time to their next generations.”

Parents at the hospital also received a copy of the Little People’s Literacy postcard which supports parents to access a range of helpful guides and resources.

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