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The Queensland Ready Reading Program

28th August 2019

The Queensland Ready Reading Program


Parents and community members are invited to register their interest in making a difference in their local community by volunteering in schools to support children’s reading.

Reading is a powerful tool to help children grow their vocabulary, language skills and imagination. It helps them to develop life-long skills that will support their future growth and learning.

The Department of Education and Volunteering Queensland are working together to help improve literacy for children in Queensland by training up to 3000 volunteers to share their knowledge and time to foster a love of reading.

Standard checks                                                                          In order to take part in the Ready Reading program, volunteers will be required to participate in an interview and undergo standard checks including:

·         ID verification

·         Reference checks

·         Working with Children Check (blue card) and Exemption Cards


Ready Reading volunteers will undergo training to learn about the components of reading, how to support a child with reading and strategies to develop independent reading skills. Experienced staff from the Department of Education’s Reading Centre will deliver the training to ensure volunteers are supported to help our students become confident readers. Volunteers are also required to undertake online training delivered by Volunteering Queensland.

The next training session with the Department of Education is scheduled for:

Thursday 12th September, 9:00am-1:00pm at Ingham

*Volunteers need to register on the link below before they can attend the training session outlined above. Once registered, volunteers will be invited to training and sent venue information.

Volunteering in schools                                                          

Once the standard checks and training have been completed, volunteers will be connected to schools in their area that are participating in the program. 

Volunteers will work under the direction of the principal and may work with individual teachers or across classes. Once Ready Reading volunteers are introduced to a participating school, the school will assume responsibility for engaging these volunteers in their reading programs.

Registering your interest                                                         

For further information and to register your interest in becoming a Ready Reading volunteer, visit www.volunteeringqld.org.au/volunteers/ready-reading

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