Early Literacies Course

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Early Literacies Course

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This course explores the development of literacies in the early years and how teachers can support young children to understand and express themselves in multiple ways. It will provide participants with the tools to reflect upon and apply practices and strategies in their own unique local early childhood education contexts. 

Learning objectives:

  • To understand key principles relating to literacy in early childhood education (ECE) contexts
  • To identify multiple ways that young children engage with literacies within everyday interactions in ECE settings
  • To relate and apply course content to teachers’ own practices around supporting and extending early literacies in local ECE contexts

Throughout the course, you will be supported to put your learning into action in your own context of practice through undertaking a case study of a particular child.

Interviews with

  • Professor Mary Kalantzis
  • Professor Bill Cope
  • Professor Claire McLachlan
  • Speech-language therapist Hana Tuwhare

Case studies of practice

  • Elim International Kids Early Childhood Centre
  • Stokes Valley Kindergarten
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Time commitment

Allow 5-6 weeks, 60 minutes per week, plus putting your learning into practice in your own work context

Flexible engagement

With course content available 24-7 and no cut-off date, you can choose when to engage with the learning materials

Multimodal learning

A rich mix of interviews, readings, video case-studies, reflections, and practical activities

Course outline

Core principles of early literacies 

Explore the multiple forms of literacy in early childhood education settings, including embodied, spoken, and written literacies, including:

  • The importance of teachers partnering with families to understand and build on home literacy practices     
  • How literacies are situated in cultural practices and the importance of affirming indigenous parenting practices and giving children a sense of connection, identity, and belonging

Embodied, nonverbal literacies 

This part explores some of the ways that children learn to understand and express their meaning in embodied, nonverbal ways. This includes:

  • Connections between embodied literacies and everyday play and social interactions
  • Ways that early childhood teachers can encourage children to develop embodied literacies
  • The role of digital technologies in supporting children to make and share meaning

Spoken and written literacies 

This part focuses on ways that early childhood teachers can encourage children to develop spoken and written literacies through everyday interactions. This includes:

  • Oral languages, including speaking and listening, vocabulary and comprehension
  • Phonological awareness, or building awareness of sounds in words by playing with rhythm, syllables, rhyme, and phonemes (sounds)
  • Print awareness, or building awareness that written symbols carry meaning, and that sounds correspond with letters

The power of stories 

This part examines why stories are such an important aspect of literacy for young children. This includes:

  • Different ways that children might experience stories in ECE settings in oral, written, and embodied ways, including their role as storytellers
  • How ECE teachers can support children’s learning about and through stories

Early Literacies course


($109.25 inc GST)

You’ll receive

  • Lifetime access* to course materials
  • Personalised certificate of completion

Enrol a group of teachers and save up to $30pp

Group enrolments enable teachers to share their learning journeys and centres to collectively make changes in their practice based on their learning. Each teacher receives their own log in and can complete the course in their own time, on their own computer or tablet. Prices below exclude GST (local sales tax).
  • 1 teacher: NZ$95
  • 2-4 teachers: NZ$85 pp
  • 5-9 teachers: NZ$75 pp
  • 10+ teachers: NZ$65 pp 
Please note: discounts only apply to group enrolments made in one transaction, and cannot be applied retrospectively if your group size increases.

* Lifetime access means for as long as the course is hosted on The Education Hub

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Keeping our courses affordable

The Education Hub wants as many teachers as possible to be able to take our courses and benefit from the high quality professional learning they offer. Therefore, we are committed to keeping course fees as low as possible. It is through the support of our ever-generous supporters that we can produce such rich, multimodal learning opportunities while offering participants significant subsidies.

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Please note, all our courses are best completed on a desktop/laptop computer or tablet. Because of the amount of content, we do not recommend using a phone. 
* Group discounts apply to the full price, and can only be applied in one transaction, not retrospectively, or on the addition of more enrolments. ** Our standard terms and conditions are available here

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