Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Within nursery we encourage literacy development daily with a writing area, and reading corner available at all times, many of our activities involves children beginning to write, including their names. We have a daily focussed activity for letters and sounds, usually this consists of sound bags (where children are beginning to hear initial sounds) for the preschoolers and singing and listening games for the younger children as these are the skills that need to be developed in order to learn to read. We have story times twice daily with a range of books, and we also encourage the children to read with us throughout the day.
Learning to write at nursery is not just done with a pen and paper, children learn the skill of writing in many different ways, large and small, inside and outside, we have usual writing tools such as pens, pencils, felt-tips, crayons, chalk etc, however somedays we use angel delight, jelly, gloop, shaving foam, rice to write in using our fingers, We learn to write outside using chalk, magic painting, painting and drawing on a very large scale. We also have activities that are used to encourage the finger muscles to develop to learn to write such as playdough, clay, playing in jelly, slime and shaving foam.