The Better Beginnings Indigenous Program is under redevelopment, but we encourage families to access our Birth, Sing With Me, and Kindy Packs through their local library, schools and playgroups in the meantime.
The Remote Program’s reading packs will be trialled at the end of 2020, with communities across the Kimberley. We will be working with public libraries and local Kimberley organisations to distribute packs.
The Kimberley reading pack will include:
- Three books by Aboriginal Australian authors with counting, the alphabet, directions, and storytelling
- Fun, easy activities to go along with each of the books
- Alphabet and counting guides for bub
- A puppet and other interactive resources for telling stories
- A printout with tips for reading and counting with little one.
In the meantime, Deadly Discovery Backpacks are available for all families to check out at participating public libraries across Western Australia, including regional libraries. Please check with your local library to see which deadly backpacks they have available.
The backpacks are made for children ages 2-5 and include:
- Books with WA Aboriginal stories and languages
- A fun animal puppet to tell stories with
- A musical instrument for sing-a-longs and rhymes.
eResources for families will help connect more parents and caregivers with the tools they need to read, talk, sing, write and play whether at home or on the go.
If you would like to connect with our Noongar digital resources, please see our Better Beginnings YouTube channel for some fun stories, rhymes and counting in Noongar.
As part of The Walmajarri Language Stories Project, we have digitised books in Walmajarri, Kriol and English from Kadjina Aboriginal Community. Check it out on the State Library of Western Australia’s catalogue.
Please note we are undergoing community consultation to grow our Metropolitan Program. We are also creating more digital resources with WA Aboriginal storytellers that celebrate language, culture, and knowledge.