ELF Resources

ELF Resources

ELF resources are designed to support parents and carers to create nurturing relationships with their children in the earliest years. We know that when the relationship is right, learning will follow. And we know that when we “read, talk, sing and play with our children every day” we create a nurturing relationship.

We also know that when early years and family support services are inclusive and easy to reach and use, we achieve better outcomes for children, families and society. Inclusive services acknowledge people’s shared humanity, celebrate diversity and promote acceptance, belonging and participation. It’s about relationships.

The ELF Community Education Campaign Tool Kit is a resource guide for communities to develop and deliver activities, such as reading days and book swap boxes that support young children’s learning in a range of family and community settings.

Elf Parent/carer booklets convey important but simple messages about developmental activities for parents/carers that support nurturing relationships:
  • in the first 12 months with... Welcoming your baby
  • in the second and third years with ...Living and Learning together
  • in the fourth and fifth years with... Ready, set, go!
  • Beginning early with books encourages developing language and literacy skills from birth through everyday loving interactions

ELF Play and Learn Sheets have been produced in English, Pashto and Dari, Sudanese Arabic and the Karen language. Content material for the sheets was developed by Afghan, Sudanese and Karen Advisory Groups in collaboration with ELF Program staff.
Play and Learn sheets reflect the traditional cultural practices and customs of raising children in Afghan, Sudanese and Karen communities.
For parents and carers these sheets confirm the link between everyday activities that build relationships and the learning that becomes literacy and numeracy.
For early years and family support services these Play and Learn Sheets provide an opportunity to build inclusive practice and personalise relationships through the sharing of cultural knowledge.

The Sudanese Book of Cows.
During 2011 Berry Street ELF ran a six week program in partnership with The Sacred Heart Primary School in Fitzroy [inner city Melbourne] that engaged children and parents in a range of activities including craft, drawing, singing songs and ultimately the parent-child group created their very own story book about, and for their community. It is anticipated that as a component of our program of activities, each of our Play and Learn Groups will develop other multi-lingual resources applicable to each community that we work with.

I can read everywhere
This is a reader for children aged from birth to five years. The book was produced by the South Sudanese ELF Play and Learn Group.

Berry Street was first established on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, past and present, and to all the traditional custodians of land throughout Australia.