SRF Program

  • Hanen: I'm Ready! Program for Building Early Literacy in the Home

    VEYLDF Alignment

    Item uses these practice principles: Partnerships with families.

    Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes, Children engage with a range of texts and get meaning from these texts, Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work.


    This program aims to bolster the confidence and autonomy of parents/carers in reading to their children, and in cultivating emergent literacy. The program focuses on supporting parents/carers in selecting and applying specific strategies.

    The program covers the following topics:

    • Session 1: Turn Book Reading into a Time to Talk
    • Session 2: Make New Words Sparkle
    • Session 3: Help Your Child Understand the Story
    • Session 4: Deepen Your Child's Understanding
    • Session 5: Build Your Child's Understanding of How Print Works
    • Session 6: Help Your Child Hear the Sounds in Words  

    Detailed Costs

    The program is delivered by a Hanen-certified I'm Ready! facilitator. Cost varies depending on the provider.

    I'm Ready!™ guidebook : US$24.95 (about AU$35)

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: parents/carers of typically developing children between three and five years old, and of children with a mild language delay who are developmentally three to five years old.
    Program/practice descriptions and details:  the program includes:
    • six training sessions (plus an orientation session) for parents/carers in small, personalised groups
    • simultaneous sessions in which children continue to build their language and literacy skills with the help of trained support staff
    • a Hanen-certified speech pathologist or early childhood education professional who has completed the I'm Ready!™ advanced workshop to lead the program
    • individualised parent coaching from the program leader and support staff throughout the program.

    Supervision/coaching: parents/carers receive coaching throughout the program. 

    Factors to consider:  educators should ensure a partnership approach with families to ensure child outcomes and strategies are consistent between the home and service environment.

    Priority Area


    Strength of Evidence

    Level 5 – Foundational research evidence