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First 5 Forever

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The first 5 years shape a child’s life

Give them the best start


Talk, sing, read, play - everyday

The research shows that the first 5 years last a lifetime. When children are encouraged to talk, read, sing and play, every day, these positive interactions help build a strong foundation that sets them up for educative success and a lifelong love of learning. First 5 Forever makes it easy to give your child the best possible start.


Get FREE age-appropriate advice, fun play activities and more, emailed to you once a month


Online Story Time, Rhyme Time and Baby Play sessions

Watch all your favourite First 5 Forever sessions online, anywhere and any time.
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Free sessions at your local library

Join a free First 5 Forever session at your local library and get ideas to try at home, meet other parents and carers and access fun activities for your child. You can also borrow books to share when you get home. For session times near you, check your local library’s website.
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