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Reading - Corner

Why is reading important?
Almost half (46%) of Australians over 15 lack the literacy skills they need to meet the demands of everyday life and work.
Literacy is one of the most important foundations for success in school and life.
 It is well documented that an individual’s literacy levels affect their chances in life for education, employmentincome   and   wellbeing
We also know that:
·        The building blocks for literacy start very early in life – well before a child starts school or pre-school. The years from birth to age five are critical for building the emergent literacy skills that precede learning to read and write and a child’s early literacy skills are a predictor of later literacy and academic achievement.
·        Not all children arrive at school ready to take advantage of the learning opportunities provided at school. In Australia 22% of 5 year old children are developmentally vulnerable in one or more domains of development
·        Those who don’t arrive ready sometimes never catch up, even with appropriate intervention. Currently our primary school children are some of the worst performing internationally in literacy – Australian Year 4 children are ranked 27th out of 45 countries in reading.

Sharing stories from birth gives children a great start to life

Sharing books from birth helps children become better readers for life