Questions? Contact Us

Literacy in
Early Learning

Literacy in Early Learning

What do we mean when we say Literacy?​

Literacy is the key that unlocks a world of possibilities. It encompasses the power of reading and writing, opening doors to knowledge and understanding. By fostering literacy skills, individuals are equipped to navigate through the vast sea of information available, enabling them to make informed decisions and contribute meaningfully to society. 

Why is it important to read to babies and young children?

By sharing stories, talking an singing with your child, you are supporting and helping your child to:
  • Learn new sounds, words, and language
  • Be imaginative and curious
  • Develop the ability to focus and concentrate
  • Learn social communication skills
  • Learn the difference between 'real' and 'make-believe'.
  • Process and understand new or frightening events, along with the strong emotions that come with these events.
  • Learn about the world, their own culture and other cultures.
Gowrie - Importance of Reading

The special time you spend reading together promotes bonding and helps to build your relationship with your child. ​ 

You can start reading to your baby as part of your daily routine as soon as you wish. Babies love the rhythm & rhyme of stories and songs and simply enjoy listening to your voice. ​ You can read, sing and tell stories with your child in whatever language you feel most comfortable speaking.​

Telling stories, singing songs and saying rhymes together are also great activities for early literacy skills. ​Making up your own stories or sharing family stories can be fun and still offers children many of the benefits of reading.​

Make books part of your daily routine – take them with you to share and enjoy everywhere. ​Even 5-10 minutes of reading a day can make a huge difference to your child’s development! Be prepared to read favourite stories over and over again!​

Check out your local Library- libraries have great varieties of books for children and adults that you can borrow free of charge. ​

Libraries also offer story times and activities for young children. ​Going along to these sessions is a way to help your child get familiar with the library, have fun and enjoy books and stories. ​

In what ways do play with puppets and songs support literacy learning?

Puppet play allows the parent to step into a child's imaginary world. By using puppets together, children and parents can have fun and:
  • Make up stories
  • Sing songs
  • Have conversations that allow children to share how they are feeling
  • Engage in role play

By engaging together, children develop early literacy skills of:

  • Speaking and listening
  • Emotional well-being, resilience, and self-regulation
  • Imagination and concentration
  • Fine motor skills
  • Turn taking
Gowrie Songs

When I'm Feeling Happy by Trace Moroney


Five Little Ducks Nursery Rhyme

Why you should take your kids grocery shopping?

Recognising Symbols Supports Children to Learn Letters and Numbers
  • Look at the symbols on packaging and on signs and talk about what they mean.
Learning about Money
  • When children observe you buying things  in real life, they will have a foundation of experience on which to build their knowledge about money.
It's fun and provides time to connect.
  • Enjoy your child's company be in the moment with them.
  • Have conversations with your child as they ride in the trolley and make learning connections to their new experiences by commenting ot asking questions.
Gowrie - kids having fun

Learning Letters and Numbers.
Recognising symbols on food packaging supports early literacy like pre-reading skills.
There are so many opportunities to practice these skills when you go to the supermarket. 

  • Point out interesting signs and symbols, play eye spy and ask your child to find a picture, letter or number, write a shopping list together.
  • Going shopping helps kids learn that words and numbers are useful and meaningful.
  • If our children observe you buy things, handle money, use bank cards, etc they will have a good, real life, foundation of experience on which to build their knowledge about money.

It’s a chance to spend time with your kids, to enjoy their company, and to watch them learn.  Chatting to your children as they ride in the trolley is a great way to connect and it’s lovely to watch his eyes light up when he learns or experiences something new. It’s a chance for some one-on-one time and have some great conversations.

Find your next role at Gowrie NSW
Inspire, transform and shape the future

Discover your place in childcare where every day poses a new opportunity to make a difference. You will lead the way, have a voice, and inspire children to transform and shape the future.
At Gowrie NSW, our people are the magic that propels us forward. We’re always looking for passionate, positive and dedicated individuals to join our team.

Current Vacancies