Literacy in Early Years Courses

Please see the individual courses listed below for more information, learning objectives and who the courses are suitable for.

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Phonics is a method of teaching children the relationship between written letters of the alphabet and the sounds of spoken language.

Let's look at Phonics is a short introductory course that will give practitioners a basic understanding of phonics. This course is aimed at all practitioners at all levels - whether you're new to phonics or if you'd like to update and refresh your skills.

Key topics include:

  • Phonic sounds and the sound groups
  • The letters and sounds programme
  • Using phonics in children's stories
  • Activities to use with staff to improve knowledge of phonics
  • Activities to use with children.

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The aim of this course is to support practitioners to understand the importance of children developing a love of reading and stories and the impact this can have on their future learning and development.

Course objectives

• Understand why reading is important for young children
• Identify how to develop a passion for reading in young children
• Explore the benefits of oral literacy
• Identify a range of creative story telling experiences
• Understand how to create stories using story props and story stones
• Identify strategies for supporting parents with their child's reading
• Identify practical ideas to enhance reading in the early years environment.

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Who should complete this course?
Suitable for all early years practitioners working with young children in England. It provides background information, research from key theorists relating to English. Also included are interactive activities, photographs, handouts and quizzes to embed knowledge which link to practice.

Who should complete this course?

This course is designed for any practitioner who wants to raise their confidence and understanding in supporting writing development.

In this course, you'll cover:

  • Why writing is important
  • How physical development and motor skills relate to writing development
  • Stages of writing that children go through
  • Ideas for activities to support physical and literacy development
  • How to work with parents to extend learning from the nursery to home

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