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Early literacy practices at home in 2015: Third annual survey of parents

Added 16 Jun 2016 | Updated 31 Oct 17

Two-thirds of children aged 3 to 5 look at or read stories daily at home in a typical week. When asked who had the most influence on their child’s early literacy skills, over half of parents (55.1%) said that they themselves did. However, 24.0% believe that the adults who work with their child exert the most influence on their child’s emergent literacy.

Using findings from our third annual early years surveys of parents and early years practitioners we conducted in 2015 with 1,000 parents and 450 early years practitioners, this report explores:

What are children’s and parents’ behaviours and attitudes around emergent literacy at home?

  • How do parents support their children’s emergent literacy when sharing stories?
  • What are the perceived influences on literacy in the early years and the perceived barriers to literacy development?
  • How do attitudes and behaviours around literacy relate to children’s vocabulary development?
  • What are the key changes in behaviours and attitudes to emergent literacy at home from 2014 to 2015? 

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