All ACT preschoolers entering kindergarten next year will receive On My First Day, a book of words and drawings created by children to help them transition into their first year at school.
Community Services Directorate, Manager of Early Intervention and Prevention Projects, Melanie Thompson has announced the release of the recently updated publication which has been launched at Wanniassa Hills Preschool.
“This is a book created by children for children, to help them as they begin this important milestone in their lives,” Ms Thompson said.
“Through words and drawings, children share what it felt like to start school and give advice on what is important for other children to know.
“Starting school can be both exciting and worrying, so it’s an emotional time for both children and parents.
“The book is intended to be used as a conversation starter between parents and their children so they can discuss the feelings and issues that arise during this critical transition period.”
Ms Thompson said she was pleased the Community Services Directorate had partnered with Libraries ACT to support the promotion of the critical role public libraries play in providing accessible resources to our community.
“Libraries ACT have provided canvas library bags for children commencing pre-school with some additional information for families about the services public libraries offer,” Ms Thompson said.
“Thanks also to the Smith Family for contributing books to Wanniassa Hills Preschool as part of its Let’s Read program.
“This is a really important program that encourages families and caregivers to share words, stories and books every day with children from birth,” Ms Thompson said.
On My First Day is an Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) project, coordinated by the Community Services Directorate, with funding made available from the Australian Government, and is available online by visiting www.children.act.gov.au
(Community Services Directorate Media Release)