november, 2019

19nov6.00pm7.30pmTickets RequiredSpeaker SeriesTHE POWER OF READING TO YOUR CHILD6.00pm - 7.30pm Type:EventEntry:Paid

Event Details

Reading is one of the most powerful things you can do with a child to develop their vocabulary, early literacy skills and cognitive ability. The benefits go far beyond the words on the page.

Our final Speaker Series for 2019 focusses on children’s literacy from birth to six years.

Come and hear from UOW Early Start Associate Professor Jane Herbert and Senior Lecturer Elisabeth Duursma as they guide you through the best ways to read to your child and the benefits it brings.


What you’ll learn

– What makes a good book reading session
– What happens in your child’s brain when you read to them
– How to read their favourite book 1000 times (and stay sane)
– How story books can help build numeracy skills
– What different readers (Dads/Grandparents) bring to the stories they read
– How to incorporate digital books into reading



$15/non-members, $7.50/members, $7.50/Engagement Centres
All attendees will receive a FREE storybook to take home.
We also encouraged you to bring along your child’s favourite book.

About our Experts 

Jane Herbert
Jane is an Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology at UOW Early Start. She is the director of the Wollongong Infant Learning Lab and leads the Family, Learning, and Interaction research theme at Early Start. She also leads an Early Years international research network as part of the University Global Partnership Network. 
A/Prof Herbert’s research considers how maturation and environmental experiences impact on the child’s developing brain and cognitive abilities, and on parent-child interactions. 

Elisabeth Duursma
Elisabeth is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Literacy at UOW Early Start. Her research considers father involvement in child development, in particular in the areas of child language and cognitive development. She also focuses on early language and literacy development among children ages birth to six, working in particular with vulnerable and linguistically diverse families.



There will be time allocated for questions at the conclusion of the presentation. You may also submit your questions in advance, by emailing them to [email protected] by Friday 15 November.


(Tuesday) 6.00pm - 7.30pm


Early Start Building 21 Room G08

Suggested Ages

Adults only


From $7.50