Storytime Foundation strengthens vulnerable young children and their families by enhancing the bond between parent and child early in life.
A strong bond between a caregiver and child during the first 1000 days significantly improves outcomes in life for the child and the wider family unit. It also has positive effects on literacy.
A caregiver taking time to read to their child—especially as a baby—is a key driver of early attachment. While ongoing experiences of neglect, stress or trauma can seriously impede development, early attachment can return children who have experienced adversity to normal biological function, creating equal opportunities in life for all Kiwi kids.
At Storytime we are committed to honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi. By connecting with our partners and whanau in authentic, culturally responsive and mana-enhancing ways we can support whanau to thrive.
We know a strong bond made in the early years between tamariki and their parents/caregivers acts as a protective cloak throughout the child's life. Storytime programmes provide the resources & education that enable parents/caregivers in disadvantaged communities to build safe and secure relationships with their tamariki.
Storytime Foundation is the only agency delivering books and information, free, into New Zealand’s most deprived homes through well child providers, to enhance early attachment, build cohesive families and improve social outcomes.