SRF Program

  • Let’s Read

    VEYLDF Alignment

    Item uses these practice principles: Partnerships with families, Integrated teaching and learning approaches.

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


    Let's Read offers two main activities to support school readiness:
    • professional development for educators through 'Let's Read eLearning' with optional ongoing coaching and mentoring
    • a community-wide approach through the 'Let's Read Community Program'.

    These activities can be run separately or together.

    Let’s Read was developed by the Centre for Community Child Health at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and the Royal’s Children’s Hospital in Victoria. The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and The Smith Family have partnered to implement Let’s Read with communities across Australia.

    Detailed Costs

    Let's Read professional development for educators:  

    • eLearning: $45.45 + GST per person or $454.55 + GST per centre-wide package.

    Let's Read also offers enhanced centre-wide professional development packages. This involves ongoing coaching and mentoring for educators after completion of the Let's Read eLearning.

    Please contact the organisation directly to find out more about costs for enhanced centre-wide packages.

    Let's Read Community Program: costs to implement the Let's Read Community Program vary according to the size and goals of each community. Please contact the organisation to find out more about the possible costs for your community.

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population:  Let's Read supports early childhood professionals and parents or carers of preschool-aged children. The 'Let's Read eLearning' targets educators' practices within a service, along with the children and families who use that service. The 'Let's Read Community Program' targets entire communities.

    Program/practice descriptions and details: any early childhood professional or service can benefit from the eLearning and ongoing support for its implementation via the enhanced centre-wide packages.
    The 'Let's Read Community Program' can be delivered by any trusted community professional or community member, such as educators, maternal and child health nurses, primary school teachers, playgroup coordinators, community workers, community elders, community health workers, home-visiting health personnel, librarians, social workers, child health practitioners, general practitioners/paediatricians and community leaders.

    Services should consider the cost of backfill when determining the cost of accessing this resource.

    Training requirements: the 'Let's Read eLearning' is self-paced and takes about four hours to complete.
    For more information about centre-wide packages and enhanced centre-wide packages, please contact the organisation.
    Supervision/coaching: coaching or mentoring support from the Let's Read team is available to centres choosing the enhanced centre-wide 'Let's Read eLearning' package.
    Tools and systems: the 'Let's Read eLearning' is available online.

    The Let's Read website provides a set of tools to support the delivery of the 'Let's Read Community Program'.

    The organisation is available to provide ongoing support for both options. 

    Strength of Evidence

    Requires further research
    1 stars out of 5