Queensland parents can now apply to become Ready Reading volunteers.

The Queensland Government wants to train a volunteer army of 3,000 mums, dads, carers and community members to help enhance the reading and literacy skills of the state’s youngest learners.

The Ready Reading program  aims to support children’s reading in state and non-state primary schools from June 2018 to December 2020.

Volunteering Queensland is partnering with the Department of Education’s Reading Centre to train volunteers.

Parents, carers and community members associated with independent schools have been invited to express their interest in becoming a Ready Reading volunteer | EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

According to the Department of Education:

“Volunteers will learn skills to support a child before, during and after they read. They will also learn strategies to use as children read to them. These strategies will emphasise the five essential aspects of learning to read including concepts of print, phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary and comprehension.”

Training will occur in three stages across the state starting from Term 3. Schools that need reading help can also contact Volunteering Queensland to access volunteers in their area | MORE INFORMATION