As part of our Emerging Literacy developments across the Northern Alliance, another strand which has been developed (in addition to the work we’re doing with Primary 1 teachers) is in supporting Early Learning and Childcare Staff (ELCC) in taking a developmental approach to Emerging Literacy. A training event which is either delivered in one day or over two twilight sessions has been delivered in Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Highland, Moray, Shetland and The Western Isles during the last few months.
The training equips practitioners with the underpinning theory and rationale and practical approaches which can be developed to support access to developmentally appropriate literacy experiences within a child initiated learning environment.
So far this year we have delivered the Early Years Emerging Literacy training to over 500 Early Years Practitioners, Teachers, Speech and Language Therapists and Assistants, Early Years Support Staff, Pupil Support Assistants and Senior Managers (Education and Allied Health Professionals) across the Northern Alliance. The feedback from this training has been extremely positive with the photos demonstrating the wealth of fun that practitioners have had which can be brought back into their environments.
We know across the Northern Alliance that the impact with our group of Primary 1 teachers has been down to the ongoing support which has been provided following initial training events through local networks. We are currently planning the 2017/2018 support for Emerging Literacy in which we hope to offer opportunities for ongoing support to support Emerging Literacy across the Early Level.