Hanen: I'm Ready! Program for Building Early Literacy in the Home

This program aims to bolster the confidence and autonomy of parents/carers in reading to their children, and in cultivating emergent literacy.

Program details

  • Priority area: Communication
  • Primary audience: Parents/carers
  • Delivery mode: Group training
  • Strength of evidence: Level 5 – Foundational research evidence
  • AEDC sub-domains:
    • Communication skills and general knowledge
    • Language and cognitive development – Basic literacy
    • Language and cognitive development – Interest in literacy/numeracy and memory
  • Item cost: Variable

Program description

This program aims to bolster the confidence and autonomy of parents/carers in reading to their children, and in cultivating emergent literacy. The program focuses on supporting parents/carers in selecting and applying specific strategies.

The program covers the following topics:

  • Session 1: Turn Book Reading into a Time to Talk
  • Session 2: Make New Words Sparkle
  • Session 3: Help Your Child Understand the Story
  • Session 4: Deepen Your Child's Understanding
  • Session 5: Build Your Child's Understanding of How Print Works
  • Session 6: Help Your Child Hear the Sounds in Words.

Detailed cost

The program is delivered by a Hanen-certified I'm Ready! facilitator. Cost varies depending on the provider.

I'm Ready!™ guidebook: US$24.95 (about AU$35).

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: parents/carers of typically developing children between three and five years old, and of children with a mild language delay who are developmentally three to five years old.
  • Program/practice descriptions and details: the program includes:
    • six training sessions (plus an orientation session) for parents/carers in small, personalised groups
    • simultaneous sessions in which children continue to build their language and literacy skills with the help of trained support staff
    • a Hanen-certified speech pathologist or early childhood education professional who has completed the I'm Ready!™ advanced workshop to lead the program
    • individualised parent coaching from the program leader and support staff throughout the program.
  • Supervision/coaching: parents/carers receive coaching throughout the program.
  • Factors to consider: educators should ensure a partnership approach with families to ensure child outcomes and strategies are consistent between the home and service environment.

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

Partnerships with families.

Item responds to these sub-outcomes

  • Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes
  • Children engage with a range of texts and get meaning from these texts
  • Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work.

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