Keep up to date with What’s On in Perth - highlighting educational activities, workshops and programs for children in the city.
LITTLE ONES 0-5
Rhyme Time and Story Time at your local public library
These free programs are designed to support parents as their child's first teacher in laying down the foundation for strong literacy development in the first five years.
Rhyme Time is for parents/carers and babies 0-2.
Story Time is for parents/carers and children 2-5.
Most public libraries in Perth, including the State Library of Western Australia, run Rhyme Time and Story Time sessions every week during term time. Sessions take 30 minutes and typically include reading stories, singing songs and reading rhymes, facilitated by a library staff member. Story Time usually includes a craft activity, which is an excellent opportunity for young children to practice their fine motor skills - holding scissors, cutting, drawing and gluing. These are important skills they'll need when they start Kindergarten.
Rhyme Time and Story Time are a wonderful way for parents/carers to bond with their child over stories and songs, and bed down vital early literacy skills. These programs are internationally recognised for their value in supporting parents to teach their children the basics of literacy in an informal and stress free environment.
Before or after, spend some time with your child looking at and reading books in the children's section of the library. What better way to hook your child on to reading than by trying different books for free!
The value of introducing your child to stories, books and reading at an early age cannot be overstated. Children who are strong readers generally do better across every subject area at school, including in maths.
Contact your local public library for session times.