Supporting parents who want to give their child the best environment at home for developing language and early reading skills is the Early Reading Together® Programme. 

EarlyReadingTogether LogoThis programme has a sound basis in research and practice. The New Zealand Ministry of Education and the Office of Early Childhood Education both validate its quality

Early childhood services and schools can provide the programme for parents, and it is usually implemented by junior school teachers and/or experienced early childhood educators along with a librarian from their local community library. 

Parents attend 3 short workshops of 1 hour and 15 minutes spread over 3 weeks.  At these workshops parents are given information and have opportunity to find out how learning language and reading seems from a child’s point-of-view and what they can do to best help a child.

Participation in the programme is open to any parent and does not depend on a parent’s reading ability, language, culture, or socio-economic background. 

It is a friendly and enjoyable programme that is very manageable for ECE services and schools to provide and that gives parents the right information and insights they need to enhance their child’s language and early reading development.

Find more information about the programme and order here:  Early Reading Together Workshop programme and kit


Key points 

Early Reading Together®Early Reading Together® is:

  • designed to enhance the support which parents/whānau provide for their children's language and literacy development
  • a programme comprising 3 workshops over 3 weeks (each workshop lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes)
  • specifically designed to support children and parents from diverse language/literacy, cultural, educational and socio-economic backgrounds
  • implemented by early childhood educators and/or junior school teachers, in collaboration with community librarians
  • practical, user friendly, enjoyable and manageable for teachers, parents, librarians and children
  • effective when it is implemented as described in the fully-scripted Workshop Leader's Handbook
  • based on a sound theoretical and research framework.

Early Reading Together® helps parents to:

  • Understand more fully the ways in which talking with young children and reading to them (from the time they are babies) helps the child's language and literacy development
  • Explore additional ways of supporting children's language and reading development when they are reading stories and rhymes, and singing songs together
  • Find out more about books, rhymes and songs which are suitable for young children and enjoyable for them
  • Borrow books and other resources from libraries, and access support from librarians.

Overall and longer term goal of Early Reading Together®:

  • To help all children to develop a love of language and reading and the range of language and literacy abilities they need to function confidently and effectively within their communities and wider society.

Go to the Early Reading Together website for more information.