New guidance on preparing for literacy

15 June 2018

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has published its latest guidance report, Preparing for Literacy, which reviews the best available research to offer early years professionals practical “do’s and don’ts” to make sure all children start school with the foundations they need to read and write well.
The report offers seven clear and actionable recommendations to support early years practitioners to improve their pupils’ communication, language and early literacy skills.

Preparing for literacy - seven recommendations poster

Preparing for literacy – seven recommendations

One recommendation encourages nurseries and early years settings to make sure three- and four-year-olds get eye tests. According to the report, around 13 per cent of children in the UK are estimated to have undiagnosed eye conditions – like short-sightedness, or astigmatism – that hold back the development of their literacy skills.

Another recommendation focuses on how to talk with children to develop their communication and language through activities like shared reading. The report – which is free to download from the EEF’s website – also considers how a wide range of different activities – like singing, storytelling and nursery rhymes – help to develop children’s early reading.

This guidance report sits alongside the EEF’s other guidance reports – focused on literacy, maths, effective implementation and making best use of teaching assistants – providing the basis for an overall advance towards evidence-informed school improvement.

Posted on 15 June 2018
Posted in: Evidence