Information for teachers

Kindergarten Program - Information for Teachers

Every school in WA is eligible to participate in the Better Beginnings Kindergarten program. Through this program, each kindergarten student at your school will receive a free reading pack.

The reading packs are a high-quality literacy resource for WA families, which promote the value of reading together every day. They are produced by the award-winning Better Beginnings program and include a beautiful Australian picture book. Each reading pack also includes a literacy game which is related to the book, and information for parents about how they can support their child’s literacy development at home.

Your students will receive one of these books:
Stuck! by Charlotte Calder and Mark Jackson
All Monkeys Love Bananas by Sean E Avery
Scary Night by Lesley Gibbes and Stephen Michael King

A comprehensive Teachers Guide is available for download on the Better Beginnings website.

All you need to do to receive the free reading packs for your kindergarten students is to enter the number of kindy students enrolled at your school via the Better Beginnings portal. You will need to create a login to access this site, if you don’t already have one. The packs will be provided to your school via your local public library. You can view your library’s details when you are logged in to the portal.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Better Beginnings team if you have any questions, or if you need assistance with registering your school.

The kindergarten reading packs are free due to generous financial contributions by your local government, the WA State Government, and Rio Tinto.

For Schools

What is Better Beginnings for Kindergarten and PrePrimary Children?

Better Beginnings for Kindergarten and PrePrimary is a state-wide program which aims to support and involve parents in their children's early literacy learning by providing free books and reading packs to every four and five year old in WA. An initiative of the State Library of Western Australia, the program is delivered through local libraries and funded by the State Government of Western Australia, Royalties for Regions, Western Australian Local Governments and Rio Tinto. There is no cost for your school to be involved in the program.

How is the program delivered?

Better Beginnings is delivered to schools by public libraries throughout WA. Your local library will be in contact with you after your school has registered for the program. Alternatively you can contact your local library.

Resources for Teachers

Download a copy of the Teachers Guide for more information about the program, lesson plans and activities for incorporating the Better Beginnings texts into your classroom.

How do I register my school?

Registration is quick and easy to do:

  1. Logon to the Practitioner's Portal and follow the prompt. (If you don't have a practitioner's login, complete the form and you will receive an email confirmation of your registration.)
  2. Complete your school's information by adding or updating contact details, kindergarten and pre-primary enrolment numbers, and any other details as required.
  3. Once registered, you will receive an email confirmation advising that your local library will be in contact with you about the program.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Kindergarten

Now your child is four...

Even though your child may have started kindergarten, you are still you child’s most important teacher. Sharing books and reading aloud together is a wonderful way to give your child the best possible start at school.

You can help your child enjoy reading by:
• Reading aloud together every day
• Talking about the story and the pictures
• Choosing books together

Visit your library!
You and your child can borrow books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and more – and it’s free to join.  Some libraries also provide free school holiday activities.  Many libraries have Better Beginnings Discovery Backpacks, containing puppets and picture books for families to borrow. Here’s some suggestions for great books for children aged 4 & 5 that you can borrow from your local library. To find the public libraries near you, type your postcode in where it says "Find a Library" at the top of this screen.