The last area of learning and development I wanted to focus on here at Aston Childcare is Literacy.

Literacy covers both reading and writing. The EYFS 2014 states that “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”.

Here at Aston Childcare we love our books and we are lucky to have a fortnightly mobile library that stops at the top of our road in the village.

Here are just some of the resources and activities we have to encourage both reading and writing –


  • Alphabet abacus
  • Variety of books (including fabric books, touch and feel books, board books, lift the flap, slide and find, sound effect and pop up books)
  • Alphabet flash cards with letters and words
  • Single Decorative cardboard letters A-Z
  • Magnetic board and letters
  • Books such as Oxford First Dictionary and Oxford First Thesaurus.
  • Role play items such as a tea set that have words like “tea” and “sugar” on them.
  • Happyland characters and buildings encourage literacy. Buildings say “Post office”, School, “police station”, “Fire station” and “Doctors surgery”. The doctor’s surgery displays the days of the week and surgery opening hours. Street furniture such as a Telephone Box and road crossing signs say things such as “POLICE- Road Closed”. Community figures such as a lollipop lady has a sign that reads “STOP children”, Emergency vehicles are labelled “POLICE” , “Ambulance” and “Fire” and other vehicles say “School” , “Taxi” or “Post Office” on them.
  • I rotate informational posters in the playroom that display numbers, letters, the human body and maps to provide a print rich environment for the children and a source of information for children to learn.
  • In the garden further print takes the form of plant label markers, magnetic easel boards displaying messages eg “Happy birthday” to mark a child’s birthday.
  • Mark making resources – small pencils, clipboards (both mini and large for inside and outside)



  • Children enjoy reading books and being read to. Older children enjoy reading to younger ones.
  • Play Hangman
  • Children enjoy making names with the decorative letters
  • Making words with letter magnets on the magnetic easel.
  • Visits to the mobile library that visits the village.
  • Writing in sand
  • Water painting
  • Finger painting
  • Using chalks on blackboard
  • Looking at print in the environment ie road signs, shop signs and house names and numbers
  • nature walks with worksheets
  • Labeling plants

Further to this I have some magna doodles and etch-a-sketches on my wish list and lots more books!



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