The term “literacy” is used by some to simply describe reading and writing but, in fact, literacy covers a much wider range of learning.

Literacy in the early years includes talking about books, print in the environment, early mark making and writing, as well as sharing books and reading.

Being literate is essential in almost every aspect of adult life whether we are planning a holiday, selecting a DVD or delivering parcels. Literacy is often thought of as the ability ‘to read and write’ but it also includes being able to speak and listen.

In the EYFS Literacy has two aspect, Reading and Writing. At nursery we also follow a scheme called letters and sounds which helps us to support our Children to develop the skills to listen to sounds around them, copy and repeat rhythm, hear and identify words that rhymes, and hear sounds at the beginning of words.

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