Early Literacy Programs in Greater Bendigo

Book Box Library Program

Increase access to books for children in the Bendigo community

Book Box Libraries are like ‘Little Libraries’. They can be placed in community spaces, businesses, primary schools, early childhood services, health services and retail and shopping centres. A Book Box Library is a free children’s book exchange. The aim is to promote literacy and the love of reading for children in the community.

Children can read and take home a book, swap and return books. All for free. ‘Read or borrow a book. Donate or swap a book.’

Find a Book Box Library near you!


Parent-Child Mother Goose

Come along, enjoy songs, rhymes, stories & snacks. No cost involved.

The Mother Goose Program FREE for children 05-years and their parents/carers:

  • Is a group experience for parents and their babies and young children using rhymes, songs, and stories together
  • Parents gain skills and confidence which can enable them to create positive family routines during their children’s crucial early years
  • Provides children healthy early experiences with language and communication

Session Times & Venue


Tuesday 9:30am – 11:00am (during school term)

Salvation Worship Centre, Gate 1, 71 Mundy Street, Bendigo

Thursdays 9:30am – 11:00am (during school term)

Bendigo Library, Activity Rm 2, 259 Hargreaves St, Bendigo

Call 0439 038 140 for more information

Baptcare Mother Goose Flyer

Noah’s Ark

Tuesdays 9:30am – 10:30am (during school term)

Noah’s Ark, 10 Merino Court East Bendigo

For more details Free Call 1800 819 140 

Noah’s Ark Mother Goose Flyer

Off To An Early Start (OTAES)

Delivered in partnership with the City of Greater Bendigo

Off to An Early Start (OTAES) program:

  • Supports parents and carers with children to attend playgroup, pre-school, early years programs or primary school
  • Help families to navigate playgroup, preschool and primary school enrolment procedures.
  • Provide information and/or referrals to family and community support services.
  • Contact

    For more information call 03 4408 6590


Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters

The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY):

  • Fun, activity-based one on one program aimed at children in the year before starting school
  • Home-based early learning and parenting program for families with young children
  • Focuses on supporting parents to be their child’s first teacher

For more information visit the HIPPY website below:


Speaking Spot

Free Speech Pathology drop-in clinic for children under school age

A speech pathology drop-in clinic is a place where families can come to discuss their child’s speech and language concerns without having a referral or a pre-arranged appointment.  The service is available for children aged birth to school entry.

No appointment is necessary and a 20-30 minute timeslot will be allocated to you on arrival. A brief discussion of your concerns regarding your child’s language development will occur, with some suggestions provided to assist your child’s communication.

Story Time at Goldfields Library

Nurture your child’s listening, language and learning skills in these fun-filled sessions running each week of the school terms. For session times, click the link below.

Books for Babies

Each baby born in Bendigo gets a FREE book and literacy information.

In recognition that children’s language development is everybody’s business, the Books for Babies program was established at Bendigo Health in September 2015.

Supported by the Community Enterprise Foundation & Communities for Children.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Bendigo

The Imagination Library program improves early childhood literacy for children by giving them a free, high-quality, age-appropriate book each month from birth to age 5.

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