Making a difference in early childhood – the tunapri project

Making a difference in early childhood – the tunapri project

We were very excited to see the results of the federally funded educational tunapri Booklet Project arrive on our desk this week!

ExitLeft principal Ian Williams, along with the former children’s commissioner Dr Sue Jenkins and Tasmania’s Australian of the Year speech pathologist Rosalie Martin, have collaborated on a Communication Skills guide for children 0-4 years.

The guide is part of a set of booklets that aims to provide parents, carers and educators with a ‘plain English’ resource on the development a child goes through, and gives practical ideas on how to stimulate and engage children at each age.

Our work focused on how music boosts communication skills and why introducing music to babies and toddlers makes them think more creatively.

“Music is one of the keys to communication. Music has the power to create strong feelings and memories. Every culture makes music – it is part of what makes humans human.” – Communication Skills, A guide for Parents, Carers and Educators

Alison Stone is the architect of the tunapri Booklet Project, which was created in response to a gap in resources that focus on early childhood development. In particular, the team wanted something easy to digest that parents from all socio-economic areas would be able to use for their children.


The ExitLeft Performance Academy offers a play-based toddler music program where children learn to communicate, explore their creativity and boost their confidence.