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Literacy - more than reading and writing

literacy; learning; language; reading; writing; listening; talking; development; speaking; bilingual; bilingualism. ;

Most parents know that reading and writing are very important for children. However, how words help us understand our world and make the most of opportunities is much more than reading and writing – it is called ‘literacy’.

Children don’t wait till they start school to learn literacy skills. The experiences they have every day from birth help them develop their literacy and their knowledge and understanding of the world.

More about literacy

Parenting SA - A partnership between the Department for Education and the Women’s and Children’s Health Network has developed a fact sheet (Parent Easy Guide) called More than reading and writing which has many ideas about this.

Parenting SA has many other Parent Easy Guides on topics about parenting, child development and behaviour 

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Bilingualism and raising bilingual children

‘Bilingualism’ means being able to use two or more languages. Over half of the world’s population is bilingual. In Australia, an increasing number of children are growing up in homes where more than one language is spoken.

Raising bilingual children has lots of benefits, such as creating strong family and cultural bonds. The way you support bilingualism in your family depends on your family situation and the languages you use at home.

To find out more about this, have a look at:

Resources in South Australia

Parent Helpline 1300 364 100

Child and Family Health Centres 1300 733 606 (9 am to 4.30 pm) to make an appointment at your local centre.


Parenting SA - for more Parent Easy Guides 

Department for Education  

Raising Children Network 

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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).

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