Families play a key role in developing language and literacy skills.
A child’s understanding of the world and their capacity to learn is greatly influenced by how much their family values their literacy skills. Children who start school with greater literacy skills perform better in school, and not just in language-based subjects like English. It is important to think of literacy in the early years as a range of different activities and forms of communication, including music, movement, dance, storytelling, visual arts and drama, as well as talking, viewing, reading, drawing and writing.
Literacy in your child’s early years can always be fun. Excursions and playtime are great activities in which to engage and talk with your child. Fun activities are also the best opportunities to teach your child new vocabulary and new ways of saying things.