LIKE many mothers, Annette Foon is keen to give her son Austin the opportunities that she never had.
The Ravenswood mother is one of a small group who will be invited to take part in a new program - and an Australian first - called Beyond the Barriers, which brings parents and children together to learn and develop digital literacy skills and that could lead to other educational opportunities.
Austin may have just turned two, but he's already a whizz on the iPad, with his favourite apps Little Fox Music Box and Moo Box teaching him songs and about farmyard animals.
Run at the Ravenswood Child and Family Centre in conjunction with the Ravenswood Heights Primary School and Centrecare Tasmania's Willson Training, the program has been funded to the tune of $42,570 through the Education Department's 2013 Skills Tasmania 26TEN grants.
Education Minister Nick McKim announced 28 projects worth $1 million to be funded as part of the adult literacy campaign yesterday.
Centrecare education and community services director Jennifer Day said the program was developed out of a desire by the community to become more involved with their child's learning but could also benefit the whole neighbourhood.
``We're going to focus on the parents, so that the parents are focusing on their children's school needs and through that the children are actually helping their parents with functional literacy for their everyday activities,'' Ms Day said.
Principal Britany Roestenburg said the program partly grew out of a survey and conversations at the school, where parents expressed the desire to engage more with their child's learning yet some felt they needed to upskill.
Ms Roestenburg said the focus on digital literacy was to highlight to parents websites they could go to for information, how to access services and assist their child in their school work.
About 12 to 15 parents will be invited to take part in the first round of the program, that will cover a group of pre-kinder and kinder children over 10-weeks and also a kinder to two-year-old group.
Centre leader Lynn Wyllie-Watson said that as engagement among parents and the birth to four-year-old age group had grown through the centre, they wanted to see this extend onto when the child starts school.
The parent could then also continue their learning through the centre with a TasTAFE or other course, she said.