Read to me - I Love it!

Better Beginnings for remote Aboriginal communities

Since 2010 Better Beginnings has been working with distributors in remote Aboriginal communities and socially and culturally isolated (SaCI) communities to deliver resources to families with children up to five years old. 

Better Beginnings is currently working with 91 remote Aboriginal communities, and SaCI comunities (combined total) throughout Western Australia, including some of the most isolated and remote schools and communities in the world. The program is running Western Australia-wide through a network of distributors, early childhood practitioners, parents, health nurses, teachers and Aboriginal Medical Services. 

Kids in Strelley, 2010

David Wirrpanda, Director Wirrpanda Foundation and former West Coast Eagles player supporting the  Read to me - I Love It! program.

Recognising the need for sustainable strategies and resources that reflect the experiences of Aboriginal families is the primary focus of the Read to me - I love it! project, and specialised reading packs have been developed to support the specific early literacy requirements of children living in remote communities and SaCI communities.

The aim is to encourage more Aboriginal families to use their library, and to help these library services become more relevant to the lives of Aboriginal Australians.

In March 2017 there were 91 SaCI communities and remote Aboriginal communities (combined total) receiving Read to me - I Love it! resources. Better Beginnings delivered Read to me - I Love it!  resources to 33.3% of remote Aboriginal communities in WA. However 100% of remote communities with a population between 81 and 600 people received the resources. Remote Aboriginal communities range in size from 2 people to almost 600 people. The majority of Aboriginal communities are located in the West Kimberley and the East Kimberley. The bulk of the Read to Me - I Love it!  resources were distributed through schools (goverment, Aboriginal Independent and Catholic Education).