Inclusive Literacy Practice

Inclusive Literacy Practices is a 2.5 hour online workshop for early childhood practitioners to learn how to connect with families with limited English.

Program details

  • Priority area: Communication, access and inclusion
  • Primary audience: Educators
  • Delivery mode: Group training, online, resources
  • Strength of evidence: Level 6 – Supported by expert opinion
  • AEDC sub-domains:
    • Emotional maturity – anxious and fearful behaviour
    • Emotional maturity – aggressive behaviour
    • Emotional maturity – hyperactivity and inattentive behaviour
    • Social competence – responsibility and respect
  • Item cost: Moderate ($200–$2,000 per person/item)

Program description

Language is one of the core components of culture and is deeply linked to one’s identity. With this principle in mind, this session aims to upskill early childhood practitioners in their engagement with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) families. Hear about recent research on supporting and scaffolding home language. Learn how to connect with and support young children and families with limited English in your setting to help build their confidence, literacy skills and a strong sense of belonging.

Inclusive Literacy Practices aims to provide information to support centres and their programs for a range of children. The focus of this session is on cultural diversity.

Areas covered include:

  • Language and literacy development in the early year
  • Techniques to understand and plan for the needs of children who speak other languages
  • Identify ideas and strategies for connecting with families and to provide literacy rich everyday practices to support them
  • Guidance on choosing culturally appropriate books and planning a story time session
  • Opportunity for discussion and questions

Detailed cost

  • Workshop: $400 per person (including GST and freight and handling for resource kit) for 22.5 hour online interactive workshop.
  • An Educators Resource Kit and certificate of attendance will be provided. Each participant will also receive follow-up online documentation such as a copy of Powerpoint slides and lists of resources at no additional cost.
  • A flat fee for services may be available upon request for over 20 participants.
  • Payment is required before attending.

Implementation considerations

  • Program adaptability: this workshop is offered as a 2.5 hour live online session. Certificates of attendance will be issued.
  • Scheduled events/workshops/training sessions: workshops are offered regularly each term. Registrations into scheduled training sessions are welcome from individuals or from a team of staff. Sessions can also be scheduled especially for centres requiring training for all staff or large numbers of staff. This can be negotiated to suit your staff availability. Please contact Raising Literacy Australia to discuss scheduled dates and times.
  • Current best implementation knowledge: when teams of educators attend a workshop together and use the range of resources, tools and supports, they are able to work more effectively on intentional daily literacy practice as a team around the child.
  • Tools and system requirements: access to Zoom and a strong internet connection.

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

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

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