Welfare organisation PRONIA is launching Family Story Time, a program for preschool-aged children of Greek heritage, as part of the Victorian government initiative for multicultural storytelling.

The Greek family story time will be hosted at the Clayton Community Centre and the Northcote Library every Saturday from 10:00 am to 11:30 am during school terms, with the official launch scheduled later this month.

During the one and half hour sessions, children and their parents will be introduced to a wide range of fairy tales, books, songs, and activities that aid in the development of linguistic, social, and motor skills.

The government-funded initiative, set to run for four years, is hoped to bolster connections for children up to the age of five, with their families, language, identity, and culture.

The program encourages interactive activities as a family, with storytelling techniques promoting the use of the Greek language at home, as well as culturally appropriate information about local health services.

The official launch of the Greek Family Story Time will be held on Saturday, July 20, at both the Clayton Community Centre (9/15 Cooke St) and Northcote Library (32-38 Separation St). The event, starting at 10:00 am, is free and open to the public.

Participants will enjoy a traditional Greek breakfast, while children will be entertained with face painting, creative crafts, fairy tales, and games.