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					        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
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                                                                                 New Readers
                                                     Monthly New Registrations




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         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!

				
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