In February 2018, Cire Services were fortunate to be the recipient of a $200 donation from Wandin Rotary that was to be utilised for the purchase of educational products for the children from the Yarra Junction Children’s Centre. Both Cire Services and Wandin Rotary acknowledge the importance of literacy and language development in pre-school children and what better way to contribute to the children’s learning journey than through the magic of words.
Literacy is a key part of a child’s development. Talking, singing, playing sounds, word games, reading, writing and drawing with children is a fantastic way to set up sound literacy skills. Activities such as reading together, playing with rhyme and sharing stories can all assist in a child’s early literacy journey. These skills will prepare children for primary school and for the learning road ahead of them.
On Thursday 8th March, Mr Warwick Bisley from Wandin Rotary attended the Yarra Junction Children’s Centre to present a collection of children’s books for the children to enjoy. Selected from the shortlist of books for Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2017, which were aimed at promoting “quality Australian books that help children get the best, most literate start to life”.
The books were selected from three award categories: “Birth to three years”, “Three to Five years” and “Indigenous children”. A total of 12 books were purchased. Some of the donated books included:
- I Just Couldn’t Wait to Meet You- Kate Ritchie (Hannah Sommerville)
- At the Zoo I see – Joshua Button and Robyn Wells
- Animals in My Garden – Bronwyn Houston
- The Ricker Racker Club – Patrick Guest(Nathaniel Eckstrom)
- Mad Magpie – Greg Dreise
- Hello to You, Moon – Sally Morgan (Sonny & Biddy)
- 1,2 Pirate Stew- Kylie Howarth
- Colours of Australia- Bronwyn Bancroft
The children were fortunate to receive a special treat when Warwick stayed to read one of the donated books. All the children enjoyed listening to the story and admired the colourful images and afterwards Warwick was invited with the children to enjoy a yummy morning tea.
When asked about the books, some of the children expressed their thoughts.
Charlye-Rae said “I think they are great”, Sam described the books as “cool” and Matilda told her teacher “My mummy and Daddy would love them”.
In appreciation for the special gift, the children presented Warwick with a thank you card then a tour of the centre. Warwick described the centre as:
“One of the best preschools he has seen in Australia”.
We would like to express our thanks to Wandin Rotary for their generosity. We look forward to children enjoying the books for many years to come.
if you would like to know more about Cire’s Children’s Services click here or call 1300 835 235. Cire also offers tours of our centres located in Mt Evelyn and Yarra Junction.