‘Developing Early Literacy presents an interesting range of literacy-related topics which address issues of current importance to early years practice and, in places, question current thinking. There is an excellent balance of theoretical background and case study examples which would make this a relevant and practical text for both students and early years professionals.’

Baby Rooms
Baby rooms
Kathy Goouch
Chapter Objectives
  • to identify how rich literacy practices with babies can be promoted to support their natural development
  • to understand the importance of environment on babies’ development of very early literacy
  • to explore the importance of appropriate levels of knowledge and understanding about literacy and language for those working with babies.
This Chapter will Cover:
  • research supporting the idea that babies arrive in the world curious, predisposed to learn and already experienced in tuning in to the sounds and patterns of their mother tongue
  • how these early dispositions can be acknowledged, celebrated, supported and developed
  • the potential of home and daycare environments to shape babies’ and very young children's literacy learning.
Case Study 1

‘Where do you get them words from?’

A class of six-year-olds were given their Monday ...

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