Australian National Early Literacy Summit

Woman reading a book to young girl - Blacktown Library

Mother reading book to young girl in library

The Australian Library and Information Association, together with the ALIA Australian Public Library Alliance, National and State Libraries Australasia, Early Childhood Australia and the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, hosted a National Early Literacy Summit from 7-8 March 2016 in Canberra. 

The Early Years Learning Framework in Australia Belonging, Being and Becoming (EYLF) describes the principles, practices and outcomes that support and enhance young children's learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school. The EYLF definition of literacy is

“Literacy is the capacity, confidence and disposition to use language in all its forms. Literacy incorporates a range of modes of communication including music, movement, dance, storytelling, visual arts, media and drama, as well as talking, listening, viewing, reading and writing.”

Many of the presentations given by speakers at the Early Literacy Summit can be viewed online.

A summary of the ALIA National Early Literacy Summit is available.

There were a range of organisations represented as well as resources and services discussed including:

Australian Early Development Census (AEDC): a nationwide measure that looks at how young children have developed by the time they start their first year of full-time school.  

Australian Literacy Educators' Association (ALEA) 

Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) 

Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) 

Early Childhood Australia 

Early Start 

Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) 

Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) 


Some useful links to early literacy projects for public libraries:

First 5 Forever (Queensland) 

Better Beginnings (Western Australia) 

Little Big Book Club (Raising Literacy Australia) 

Hume Libraries 1000 Books Before School (Victoria) 

Reading and literacy strategic framework (Victoria) 

Early literacy in NSW public libraries: Towards a context-sensitive framework for supporting literacy across NSW public libraries (NSW)