Department of Education Literacy Teaching Toolkit

This early childhood language and literacy toolkit provides practical advice and resources to improve outcomes for all children.

Program details

  • Priority area: Communication
  • Primary audience: Educators
  • Delivery mode: Online, resources (books, kits, manuals)
  • Strength of evidence: Level 6 – Supported by expert opinion
  • AEDC sub-domains:
    • Language and cognitive development – basic literacy
    • Language and cognitive development – interest in literacy/numeracy and memory
    • Language and cognitive development – advanced literacy
    • Communication skills and general knowledge
  • Item cost:No upfront cost

Program description

This toolkit provides practical advice about the learning and teaching of language and literacy skills. It features high-quality integrated teaching and learning approaches and key information to improve outcomes for all children in early childhood settings. Resources include written advice, in-depth learning experience plans, and videos of exemplary practice.

Detailed cost

Not applicable.

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: early childhood educators.
  • Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill when determining the cost of accessing this resource.
  • Factors to consider: consider how staff might share practice knowledge with others at the service, and how improved approaches or innovative ideas could be implemented across the service.
  • Tools and systems: reliable internet access needed.

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

  • Reflective practice
  • Partnerships with families
  • High expectations for every child
  • Respectful relationships and responsive engagement
  • Equity and diversity
  • Assessment for learning and development
  • Integrated teaching and learning approaches
  • Partnerships with professionals

Item responds to these sub-outcomes

  • Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work
  • 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