The key components of reading are integrated within the learning areas and subjects of the Australian Curriculum. They are delivered through teaching practices that emphasise explicit instruction, practice and feedback.
Parents and carers also play a vital part in supporting their children to read.
The guides and factsheets provide information to support children’s reading at home and at school.
This booklet is to help parents and carers of children in Prep to Year 2 support and build their children’s literacy confidence at home, while they are learning to read.
Supporting your child’s reading in Prep (PDF, 344KB)
Supporting your child’s reading in Year 1 (PDF, 344KB)
Supporting your child’s reading in Year 2 (PDF, 346KB)
Supporting your child’s reading in Year 3 (PDF, 348KB)
Supporting your child’s reading in Year 4 (PDF, 416KB)
Supporting your child’s reading in Year 5 (PDF, 347KB)
Supporting your child’s reading in Year 6 (PDF, 349KB)
For Department of Education (DoE) staff, the teaching reading site (DoE staff only) is now available to provide one-stop access to departmental resources on the teaching of reading.
Beginning teachers — A guide to teaching reading: Prep (PDF, 228KB)
Beginning teachers — A guide to teaching reading: Years 1 and 2 (PDF, 230KB)
Beginning teachers — A guide to teaching reading: Years 3 to 6 (PDF, 178KB)
OnLine Training provides courses for the Department of Education and Independent Schools.
One course offered, ‘Understanding Dyslexia and Significant Difficulties in Reading’ provides participants with an understanding of how reading difficulties can impact on student learning and what evidence-based strategies can be implemented to make a difference to the learning outcomes of these students.
Reading and Writing with Your Child, Kindergarten to Grade 6: A Parent Guide to Understanding What We Read (reading comprehension) (PDF, 2.5MB)
This guide contains practical information to help parents support their child with reading and writing at home. It suggests easy and fun activities that parents can do with their child to help develop their literacy skills.
Put Reading First: Helping Your Child Learn to Read: Preschool through Grade 3 (A Parent Guide) (PDF, 817KB)
This brochure describes what a quality reading program should look like at school and how parents can support that program through activities at home with their children.
Understanding Learning Difficulties: A Guide for Parents (Australia)
This guide provides parents with current information about the nature of learning disabilities and offers practical guidance on the most appropriate identification, intervention and support.
Helping young children to learn to read: What parents can do (A Parent Guide) (PDF, 4.5MB)
Fun and educational websites to assist your child
This Department of Education and Training webpage offers a list of independent websites that may support parents in helping their children’s learning.
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