Australia’s national education evidence body
Promote children's early language and communication skills

Overview

Literacy is ‘the capacity, confidence and disposition to use language in all its forms’ (Early Years Learning Framework). It can include talking, listening, viewing, reading, writing, music, movement, dance, storytelling, visual arts, media and drama. Children develop a wide range of literacy skills in the early years, from infancy through to the start of school, which form the foundation for reading, writing and communicating. Early literacy approaches aim to promote the development of these foundational skills.

Female teacher with preschool kids

Early Years Learning Framework

This topic relates to all outcomes in the Early Years Learning Framework - a guide to supporting and nurturing young children's learning from birth to 5 years of age, and their transition to school.

Research

The research supports a number of evidence-based practices for promoting early literacy in early childhood education and care settings.

 Two A4 paper sheets with the AERO early literacy practice guide

Tried and Tested practice guide

This guide outlines key practices that have been found to support early literacy in early childhood education and care.
 Two A4 paper sheets with a list of references from an AERO research paper

Annotated reference list

An overview of the research evidence cited throughout our early literacy resources.

Snapshots of practice

Early literacy practices may look different in different contexts. See below examples of early literacy in pre-Primary settings. 

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