A study is underway at Charles Sturt University to help young children write and draw at home and at childcare.
Researchers from CSU’s School of Education are examining how parents and early childhood professionals understand the importance of literacy in children under 3 years old, and how they might support or encourage it.
“Early literacy can be encouraged through teaching nursery rhythms, singing or helping children draw in the sand,” said Noella Mackenzie, a CSU academic conducting the research. “We specifically want to understand what happens in children aged under 3, before they move into preschool, as literacy research in these early years is scarce.”
Two early childhood centres at CSU in Albury-Wodonga and Wagga Wagga have agreed to participate in the study, with surveys distributed to parents and early childcare providers. Megan Isaac, director of CSU’s Children’s Centre, said her organisation was excited to participate in the project. She hopes this study will help childcare providers encourage infants’ early literacy.
Mackenzie said the survey gathers demographic information and asks open-ended questions exploring participants’ understanding and practices around supporting early writing.
“We want to find ways that early childcare educators and parents could be further supported [in encouraging] young children’s early drawing and writing,” she said.Do you have an idea for a story?
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