The literacy teaching toolkit

  • provides practical advice about the learning and teaching of language and literacy skills from birth to five years
  • informs early childhood practice by presenting high-quality integrated teaching and learning approaches focussed on language and literacy
  • provides key information to improve outcomes for all children in early childhood settings.

Guide to the Literacy Teaching Toolkit

A guide has been designed to support early childhood educators to understand and use the toolkit:

Literacy Teaching Toolkit map: Birth to 5 years

Further reading

Beck, I. L., McKeown, M. G., & Kucan, L. (2013). Bringing words to life: Robust vocabulary instruction (2nd ed.). New York: The Guildford Press.

Borovsky, A., Elman, J. L., & Fernald, A. (2012). Knowing a lot for one's age: Vocabulary skill and not age is associated with anticipatory incremental sentence interpretation in children and adults. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 112(4), 417-436.

Cremin, T., Flewitt, R., Mardell, B., & Swann, J. (2016) Storytelling in early childhood: enriching language, literacy and classroom culture. London and New York: Routledge.

Ewing, R. Callow, J., & Rushton, K. (2006). Language and literacy development in early childhood. United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

Fisher, D., Frey, N., & Hattie, J. (2016). Visible learning for literacy, grades K-12: Implementing the practices that work best to accelerate student learning. Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin Literacy.

Graham, L., Berman, J., & Bellert, A. (2015). Sustainable living: Inclusive practices for 21st century classrooms. Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press.

Hattie, J. (2008). Visible learning: A synthesis of over 800 meta-analyses relating to achievement. United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis Ltd.

Hudson Kam, C. L., & Matthewson, L. (2017). Introducing the infant bookreading database (IBDb). Journal of Child Language, 44(6), 1289-1308.

Mclaughlin, S. (2006). Introduction to language development (2nd ed.). United States: Cengage Learning, Inc.

McLeod, S. & McCormak, J. (2015). Introduction to speech, language and literacy. Australia: Oxford University Press Australia.

Page, J., & Tayler, C. (2016). Learning and teaching in the early years. Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press.

Scull, J. & Raban, B. (Eds.). (2016). Growing up literate. Melbourne, Australia: Eleanor Curtain Publishing.

Sinclair, C., Jeanneret, N., O’Toole, J., & Hunter, M.A. (2017). Education in the arts (3rd ed.) Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.

Speech Pathology Australia. Book of the Year Awards 2018.

Taylor, C. L., Christensen, D., Lawrence, D., Mitrou, F., & Zubrick, S. R. (2013). Risk factors for children's receptive vocabulary development from four to eight years in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. PLoS One, 8(9)

Wright, S. (2010). Understanding creativity in early childhood education. United kingdom: SAGE Publications Ltd.