Literacy in Early Years

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Number of topics: 7

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.

Number of topics: 5

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


Number of topics: 4

The aim of this training is to develop practitioner's knowledge and strategies to support children’s vocabulary and early language skills.


Number of topics: 9

This online course will help you understand why reading is important in early years. You will learn how to create exciting storytelling environments and experiences for children. You will understand what makes a story exciting and how to develop your own storytelling skills. It gives practical tips on engaging children in books and bringing stories to life as well as key strategies for engaging parents in storytelling activities.

Key topics include

  • Why reading is important for young children
  • Develop your own storytelling skills 
  • Identify how to develop a passion for reading in young children
  • The importance of providing a range of diverse story books 
  • How to review of your own story provision using a story audit  
  • Strategies for supporting parents with their child's reading
  • Identify practical ideas to create exciting storytelling spaces