In 2016, the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) partnered with other organisations in the early childhood sector to deliver the Australian National Early Literacy Summit. Out of this summit came the National Early Language and Literacy Strategy Coalition (NELLC), of which ALIA is a founder member, and ALIA CEO, Sue McKerracher, the current Chair. The coalition received a three-year Ian Potter Foundation grant in 2018 to work with government on developing a national strategy.
Following on from that work, the NELLC has released a discussion paper which outlines the objectives and priorities of a national early language and literacy strategy, and ALIA is encouraging public libraries across Australia to provide their feedback.
The discussion paper outlines the objectives and priorities of a National Early Language and Literacy Strategy based on the evidence reviews undertaken between March 2019 and June 2020. The reviews included peer-reviewed literature, existing national and international strategies, policies and programs, in addition to previous work undertaken by NELLC.
Sue McKerracher, ALIA CEO Public said ‘libraries play a vital role in introducing young people to programs and activities which support early language and literacy development, such as book clubs, storytimes, and reading challenges and it is critical that libraries continue to have a voice in developing this strategy’.
To learn more about the strategy you can attend the free webinar on 10 November 2020 from 12:00-1:00pm AEDT which will include Associate Professor Tanya Serry and Dr Rebecca Goodhue and read the discussion paper.
For more information see the website.
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