Item uses these practice principles: Partnerships with families, High expectations for every child, Respectful relationships and responsive engagement, Integrated teaching and learning approaches.
Let’s Chat is a training program that introduces educators to a strengths-based practice framework to work in partnership with families to support children’s oral literacy skills.
The Let's Chat program consists of 5 90 minute workshops and can be delivered online or face-to-face, delivery options include:
- 5 online sessions via Zoom
- two days in person
- 5 short sessions in person
The series of workshops will support educators to increase their ability to turn everyday routines into opportunities to build early literacy skills. Educators will also enhance their skills at using book reading to increase the communication skills of the children that they work with. Educators will:
- Gain a clear understanding and knowledge of early oral literacy skills
- Become familiar with current research on supporting oral literacy in young children
- Be able to enhance the use of books to build early oral literacy skills
- Understand how to turn everyday routines into an opportunity to build language
The second half of the program is focused on facilitator training for the Let's Chat parent facilitation program. The facilitator training extends on the initial learnings of the course and offers facilitators a format to run the Let's Chat groups with parents in their service. Evidence has shown that involving parents has the most significant impact on children's' learning outcomes. Educators will:
- Become familiar with the content in the four parent modules
- Enhance facilitators skills to deliver parent workshops on supporting their child's development of early oral literacy
- Become familiar with the core principles of family centred practice
- Be confident in presenting the parent modules through real life practice
Participants also receive a detailed facilitator's manual and power point slides to use with the parent sessions.
Let's Chat program: $400 (+ GST) per person
Target Population: Educators.
Program/practice descriptions and details: The Let’s Chat parent facilitation group builds parents’ knowledge of how language develops and the role that they play, raises awareness of all the opportunities to encourage language in their children’s everyday routines, gives parents enhanced skills and knowledge of the importance of reading to their child, and enhances parents’ ability to use books as a tool for interaction and language. Let’s Chat recognises that by supporting both educators and parents in enhancing their skills in early oral literacy, there is an increased opportunity for children to gain the skills needed in this area.
Program adaptability: The program can be adapted to meet local goals as it is flexible and includes information for local parents and educators.
Staffing: Services should consider the cost of backfill in determining the cost of accessing this training.
Supervision/coaching: Ongoing support from local Noah’s Ark Let’s Chat facilitators is available.
Communication (language development)
Strength of Evidence
Level 5 – Foundational research evidence