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The B4 Early Years Coalition (B4) Community Storytellers Project

The B4 Early Years Coalition (B4) Community Storytellers Project: How to use stories to share information, and support action for children, families and communities in the early years. Presented by Annette Fuller, Senior Project Officer B4, Department of Education and Di Nailon, B4 Leader at the recent Communities for Children Conference presented by Anglicare  Launceston. Stories can be powerful agents of social change. They can be used to share knowledge and influence our thoughts, actions and behaviours. But how can we use stories better, more effectively in sharing the early years story? Presentation by B4.

5 Facts about health that are often misunderstood

Great new research from Harvard Centre for the Developing Child.  Please read here.

Making Marks – A Celebration of Children’s Art Travelling Exhibition

The B4 Making Marks Exhibition has come to an end with it’s final leg in the Huon Valley.  The exhibition celebrated the art of very young Tasmanian children, birth – 4 years, showcasing their ideas through their mark making.

The exhibition was overwhelmingly well received “Wonderful to see young children’s thinking so respectfully presented”, “Great to see creativity being encouraged”, “Communication of these early years – sublime”.

The next stage of the exhibition is returning the artworks to the artists and their families with 31 of the pieces to be acquired by the University of Tasmania to form part of their research and study resources. An incredible legacy gifted by these young artists to current and emerging students and researchers of the amazing life’s talents and capabilities of Tasmania’s youngest citizens.  B4 will update when this momentous handover event occurs.

B4 Making Marks is presented by the B4 Early Years Coalition and partners.

For more information and resources see Making Marks

Artist: Arlo Highton - Squiggles car in the woods
Artist: Arlo Highton – Squiggles car in the woods

B4 Early Years Community Storyteller Grants

Congratulations to the following recipients who have been successful in their B4 Community Storyteller grant application: Burnie Community House

  • Door of Hope Christian Church
  • Early Support for Parents
  • Friends of Zafira
  • Goodstart Blackmans Bay
  • Hub4Health
  • Kingborough Council
  • Lady Gowrie
  • Mission Australia
  • Poss M’Agic
  • Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre

We look forward to sharing their progress and stories over the next year.

Making Marks: The Development of Children’s Drawing

Great new B4 Resource – Making Marks: The Development of Children’s Drawing (PDF, 1.3MB)

Making Marks: The Development of Children's DrawingEver wondered how children learn to draw from their first explorations with crayons and pencils to representing their world around them and sharing what’s important to them? This resource provides a journey of discovery to learn more about children’s art drawing on the research it will take you through each stage of development and we hope inspire you to support children’s artistic explorations, always.


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