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First 5 Forever

About First 5 Forever

First 5 Forever is a family literacy program delivered by public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres (IKCs) which aims to provide strong early literacy foundations for all Queensland children aged 0-5 years.

First 5 Forever connects families to the information, resources and support they need to build the best foundation for their child’s future language and literacy development.

The Service Level Agreement for First 5 Forever has now been released for 2019-2021 and distributed to councils.

There is a Frequently Asked Questions guide to accompany the new agreement that outlines the changes for this round.

The Guidelines are now available for download to assist in the local delivery of First 5 Forever.

Funding allocation tables are available for all eligible Queensland councils that operate a public library or IKC.  Additional First 5 Forever funding has also been made available to participating councils, through a First 5 Forever Project grant process.

First 5 Forever Project Grant funding can be used for projects such as:

  • Creating a pilot program of new sessions specifically for babies aged 0-12 months to connect with new parents.
  • Developing a kit of resources to enhance families to stay before or after sessions to interact with resources, staff and other participants.
  • Instigating a junior library card promotion to boost memberships and promote library benefits for children aged 0-5.
  • Designing a mobile play space with early literacy elements incorporated or a pop up library to create a presence at events and networking opportunities.
  • Formalising in house professional development for all new staff with early literacy strategies and links to library programs.
  • Creating localised marketing campaigns or a promotional video to display wherever digital screens are available.

    For more information on applying for grants, please contact the Local Government Coordination team on

For more information about other specific aspects of First 5 Forever please contact:

Service Level Agreements
Michelle Hughes
07 3842 9049

Branding, marketing and communications
Kate Hannah
07 3840 7824

Resources and Engagement
Michelle Swales
07 3840 7807

Please connect your families to First 5 Forever through:

To connect with the statewide council network delivering First 5 Forever:

First 5 Forever resources

The First 5 Forever initiatives's templates, graphics, video and promotional materials are available for use through the dedicated First 5 Forever Dropbox.


Evaluation reports of the First 5 Forever family literacy program aimed at creating stronger language and literacy environments for Queensland children before they start kindergarten and school.

For more information:

Last updated
21st November 2018