Walking with children on their journey to literacy: Practitioner perspectives

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Literacy is a journey. Children make meaning from letters, numbers, and symbols and begin to understand patterns from birth. This module looks at the key elements of literacy and the practical ways it can be woven into everyday moments, rich environments and fostered with children from the earliest years.

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Evelyn Callaghan and Sarah White are experienced early childhood practitioners at Deakin School for Early Learning in Canberra.  In 1991 Sarah White, a newly qualified early childhood professional, applied for a position as the preschool teacher at Evelyn Callaghan’s childcare centre. In the 25 years since then, Evelyn and Sarah have worked together and travelled to early learning centres, institutes and conferences around the world. They have collaborated at Peter Pan Kindergarten (1991-97) and the Park School for Early Learning (both in Canberra) and, since 1996, at Deakin School for Early Learning, where they continue to learn and challenge themselves.

Learning outcomes

After completing this course, you will:

  • consider early childhood philosophies that view the development of literacy skills as part of a life-long journey from birth
  • understand your role as an educator and how the environment can support pre-literacy skills and dispositions
  • identify the importance of the role of choice and enjoyment in developing literacy skills in the everyday.

Additional information

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Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Course Duration

1 hour, 30 minutes

Australian Qualifications Framework