What is it about?

In this paper we show how early years practitioners can work with parents to develop and share knowledge and skills about how to support and extend young children’s early literacy in early years settings and in their homes. We take the view that parents’ and children’s literacy are closely linked. The paper describes a way of working in which knowledge is shared to help practitioners to develop ways of working with parents of children under the age of five. In particular we use the ORIM framework to share ideas about creating Opportunities, showing Recognition, sharing Interaction and being a Model of literacy users. This framework for family literacy was adapted to new communities of practice through co-produced research involving 20 practitioners around England. Following an evaluation of work done by 20 practitioners in different parts of England, the paper concludes with a reflection on the usefulness practitioners and parents working together in this way.

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Why is it important?

When early years practitioners share their knowledge and skills about early literacy development this helps parents to further develop their own role in supporting their children's literacy development at home.


Working with my coauthors on this paper was a great pleasure. The opportunity to bring together the work of 20 early years practitioners and to share it with others have been a valuable experience for us all.

Cathy Nutbrown
The University of Sheffield

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This page is a summary of: Co-production of family literacy projects to enhance early literacy development, Journal of Children s Services, September 2015, Emerald,
DOI: 10.1108/jcs-02-2015-0011.
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