Early Literacy Programs in Bendigo

Early Literacy Programs in Greater Bendigo

Due to COVID–19 virus all face-to-face programs are currently suspended.

Book Box Library Program

Book Box Libraries are like ‘Little Libraries’. Kiwanis club of Bendigo place book box libraries 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.’

Parent-Child Mother Goose

Enjoy these online songs, rhymes and stories in your home.

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 in Bendigo in 2015.

Thank you to the following organisations for their continued support Bendigo Health Fundraising & Foundation, Empowering Eaglehawk, Strathfieldsaye & Districts and Bendigo Northern District Community Enterprises.

Speaking Spot

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

Speaking Spot Bendigo will continue to run as a virtual clinic in 2022. This is an opportunity to speak with a speech pathologist and maternal child health nurse about your child’s speech and language concerns without a referral or pre-arranged appointment. The service is available for children aged birth to school entry.

The portal will open at 9am on the Speaking Spot dates (see flyer below). Appointment windows will be allocated to the first people who log on. Spaces are limited, so you must be available during your timeslot. If maximum capacity is reached, you will be notified upon logging on and advised to attend the next scheduled clinic day


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:


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.