Let’s Read

Let’s Read helps early childhood professional promote literacy growth through eLearning packages, professional development and community programs.

Program details

  • Priority area: Communication
  • Primary audience: Educators, parents/carers
  • Delivery mode: Online
  • Strength of evidence: Level 7 Requires further research
  • 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
  • Item cost: Low (<$200 per person/item)

Program description

Let's Read eLearning packages are designed to help early childhood professionals:

  • create environments and experiences that support language and literacy growth
  • encourage families to share books, songs and nursery rhymes with their children
  • foster emergent literacy with children from babies to pre-school age
  • address features of the VEYLDF and the National Quality Standard.

Let's Read offers 2 main activities to support school readiness:

  • professional development for educators through 'Let's Read eLearning'
  • a community-wide approach through the 'Let's Read Community Program'.

These activities can be run separately or together.

Detailed cost

  • Individual eLearning enrolment (self-paced, 3.5-hour course): $50/person (including GST).
  • Service-wide package (unlimited eLearning enrolments for staff for 12 months): $475 (including GST).
  • Individual eLearning enrolments can be booked online.
  • Let's Read Community Program
  • Contact provider directly for details.

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: educators, parents/carers. (Let's Read eLearning targets educators' practices within a service, along with the children and families who use that service. The Let's Read Community Program targets entire communities.)
  • Program/practice descriptions and details: any early childhood professional or service can benefit from the eLearning and ongoing support for its implementation via the enhanced service-wide packages.
  • Staffing: the Let's Read Community Program can be delivered by any trusted community professional or community member, such as an educator, maternal and child health nurse, primary school teacher, playgroup coordinator, community worker, community elder, community health worker, home-visiting health personnel, librarian, social worker, child health practitioner, general practitioner, paediatricians or community leader. Services should consider the cost of backfill when determining the cost of accessing this resource.
  • Training requirements: Let's Read eLearning is self-paced and takes about four hours to complete.
  • Tools and systems: reliable internet access needed for eLearning, and to access complimentary Let's Read website tools. Provider offers ongoing support for both options.
  • Australian experience: Let's Read was developed by the Centre for Community Child Health at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and the Royal Children's Hospital in Victoria. The Murdoch Children's Research Institute and The Smith Family have partnered to implement Let's Read with communities across Australia.

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

  • Partnerships with families
  • Integrated teaching and learning approaches

Item responds to these sub-outcomes

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