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A play-based program supporting Queensland families to talk, read, sing and play with their babies and young children in the first 5 years.

Supporting families

While brain development continues through life, from birth to 5 years is the most rapid period of growth for a child’s brain with more than a million new connections forming every second. The experiences and environments we give our babies and toddlers in the early years help build a healthy brain, now and for their future.

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Why it's important

In their first years of life your child's brain forms over one million new connections every second. Research shows the first five years last a lifetime and that simple, everyday activities with you help to make these connections strong. Talk, read, sing and play together every day to build a strong foundation for your child’s future development.

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Make the most of every day

Research shows that when the important adults in children’s lives talk, read, sing and play together they are building a strong foundation for children’s learning, growth and wellbeing. This can happen anywhere, any time.


Join for free at your local library

Join a free First 5 Forever session at your local library and get ideas to try at home, meet other families and explore talking, reading, singing and playing with fun activities and resources. For session times near you, check your local library’s website. 

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


First 5 Forever sessions

Baby Play session in Mackay
Baby Play
Baby Play is a fun, free opportunity for you and your baby to play, talk and sing together while meeting other young families.
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Preschoolers singing and dancing at a First 5 Forever session
Rhyme Time
From babes in arms to children ready to dance, this is a special time for you and your little one.
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Story Time in The Corner, State Library of Queensland
Story Time
Enjoy the fun of Story Time with your little ones in these sessions featuring a variety of fun and dancing, songs and stories.
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