Books For Babes Creating opportunities for mother and child to bond Providing opportunities where there are few Creating a culture of learning in the home Books for Babes • Leverage • Programme to target infants • Instigated 1998 by Auckland Rotary • Who’s doing the work? – Plunket and ADHB public nurses and visiting therapists – Growing support and involvement from library services • Sponsorship growing • Programme growing • … Books Issued Number of Books Issued 3500 3000 2500 2000 1500 1000 500 0 2003 2004 2005 2006 Financial Year Books Issued Ja n- 100 200 300 400 0 M 03 ar M -03 ay -0 Ju 3 l Se -03 p- N 03 ov - Ja 03 n- M 04 ar M -04 ay -0 Ju 4 l Se -04 p- N 04 ov - Ja 04 n- M 05 ar M -05 ay -0 Ju 5 l- Se 05 p- N 05 ov - Ja 05 n- Books Issued, by Month M 06 ar M -06 ay -0 6 M ar 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 - M 03 ay -0 Ju 3 l- Se 03 p- N 03 ov -0 Ja 3 n- M 04 ar - M 04 ay -0 Ju 4 l- Se 04 p- N 04 ov -0 Ja 4 n- M 05 ar - M 05 ay -0 Ju 5 l- New Readers Monthly New Registrations Se 05 p- N 05 ov -0 Ja 5 n- M 06 ar - M 06 ay -0 6 Programme Growth • These graphs paint a picture – Of continuing growth – Some due to structural change – Some due to more focused effort • What about Value? Value of the Programme • Mother and child bonding • Providing opportunities where there is need • Culture of learning • Money well spent? Mother and Child Bonding • How do we measure this? – Not easily! • Only possibility is through parent and HP comments – Informal feedback Books are valued, by parents and children … My baby loves his First Cot Book 14 children under the age of 1 year in Onehunga. All living in high areas of deprivation i.e. many with no car, no phone - no books Touch & Feel' books are a great hit twins could get similar books so they don't fight over their books Books for Babes is a rewarding service for babies because the books are expensive when I open book, my little one who is 3 months old leans to it, and he likes the bright colours B4B is a fantastic idea that is well appreciated by those enrolled Mum asked if there are any books that she can read to baby that may help with learning Maori baby loves to see the pictures & bright colurs baby whenever on its tummy enjoys looking at and is inspired by the pictures of animals and colours daughter is attracted by books more than toys daughter loves the different voices I make (when reading) my baby (5 months) loves the Books for Babes picture books A Culture of Learning? • What’s this? • A little like “Quality” - I know it when I see it! What might be evidence? Other books, reading material appears in the house Other children show an interest in books/reading Interest shown in other sources of reading material We have had some evidence of these, but informally only Our measurement tool • The “Three for Ten” feedback form • This is the only way we can get a programme evaluation • Vitally important that these forms are used, not just for suggestions, but also for comments on these issues of “value” • Regularly reinforce the importance of this aspect of the programme. A final comment • On a personal note: • Sliced Bread and B4B • Thank you Plunket, ADHB, Karitane nurses for making this work • Thank you, Auckland Rotary • Thank you Liz Patterson!