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Our Early Literacy Programmes

We offer four programmes, focussing on children’s first eight years, which are used by our network of partners. These include preschools, schools, libraries, community organisations, training and resource NGOs, tertiary institutions, education districts and other government departments.
  • training volunteers to assist young children as they learn to read and write through the Ready Steady Read Write Programme
  • empowering parents to support learning in the home through the Home-School Partnerships Programme
  • providing training and resources for teachers to strengthen literacy teaching in Grade R (Stellar Home Language)
  • giving parents and caregivers of babies and young children practical ideas to build language and encourage learning in a loving, supportive way in the Every Word Counts Programme

Please click on the tabs in this section to get an overview of each one.

This programme can be used across a range of community settings to introduce those who care for and work with babies and young children to new knowledge about early learning and practical ideas for supporting the development of language, early literacy and maths concepts, from birth to 5 years of age.

Wordworks trains trainers and equips organisations to integrate the programme and resources into their work with parents and caregivers through home visits or parenting group sessions. ECD practitioners and playgroup facilitators can use what they learn through Every Word Counts in their daily interactions with children in pre-schools and playgroups.

This programme is for parents and caregivers of babies and children up to 5 years of age.  More information …

This programme is designed to strengthen language and emergent literacy in Grade R classrooms. It is interactive, activity-rich and CAPS-aligned and is built around a 2-week story-based framework.
Wordworks trains trainers to offer this resourcebased programme to Grade R teachers. The teacher training integrates theory and practice, giving opportunity for reflection and planning. It deepens teachers’ understanding of the vital role they play in
building language and literacy, and equips them to partner with parents.

The programme is for Grade R teachers working with children aged 5 – 6 years. More information …

This programme is designed to facilitate a learning space for parents in which to share knowledge and ideas about children’s language and early literacy development. The programme builds co-operation between families and schools, and encourages parents in their role as their children’s first teachers.
Wordworks trains, provides resources and mentors teachers to facilitate weekly workshops for groups of parents of children aged four to eight years. The workshops run for 2½ hours a week over eight weeks. 

This programme is for parents and caregivers of children aged 4-8 years. More information ….

This programme is designed for Grade R to build a solid language and literacy foundation and as an early intervention in Grade One. It can also be used to support Grade Two and Three children to learn to speak, read and write in a second language.
Wordworks trains and mentors site Co-ordinators who manage and support tutors to work with pairs of children, on a weekly basis for at least six months. Many of the tutors are women who volunteer from local school communities. No qualifications are required.

This programme is for tutors working with children aged 5-8 years. More information…


Featured Story

Volunteering as a tutor is not only about working with children. It is also about being part of something greater than yourself. It is about meeting new people, learning new skills and knowing that you are playing a valuable role in improving your community. Our Ready Steady Read Write Programme volunteer tutors are an invaluable resource for teachers, schools, communities and ultimately our beautiful country. We celebrate the dedication and passion that they bring to their work and the significant difference they make to the lives of many young children. See our Facebook album of Volunteer Tutors’ year end celebrations with their learners – @wordworksSA.