Literacy learning begins at birth as young children participate in the social practices of their homes and communities. Children who love music, books and stories; who enjoy drawing, painting and writing; who are at home with new technologies; and who interact confidently and comfortably with others, are greatly advantaged, not just in school-based literacy, but throughout their lives.
Despite international recognition of the importance of early education, in particular, of the experiences and opportunities provided in the first three years of children’s lives, most publications designed to assist early childhood educators in supporting literacy learning focus on older children.
This book presents information about the early literacy learning of babies, toddlers, and young children ‘what we know’ and they offer many practical strategies ‘what we can do’ to support and monitor early literacy learning, and provide resources that can be used to develop partnerships with families.
Learning Literacies Birth to Three is a must-have book for everyone with an interest in early literacy education—policy makers, university and vocational teachers, early childhood service providers, and staff in early learning centres and family day care. Educators responsible for implementing Belonging, Being & Becoming: The Early Years Framework for Australia (DEEWR, 2009) will find it especially valuable.