Family literacy

Family literacy is a type of literacy education that emphasizes bringing reading and writing into the home and making it a family activity.

Children learn early literacy skills from their parents.

However not every parent finds it easy to help their child develop and learn. Parents with unmet literacy needs tend not to read to their children, which affects their child’s future literacy abilities.

In Ireland, 30% of primary school children from disadvantaged areas may struggle with literacy. This can have a negative impact on the quality of a child’s life.

Children that leave school without basic literacy skills are more likely to experience educational failure, to be long-term unemployed, to experience poverty and to enter the criminal justice system.

The family literacy approach recognises the large influence that families – and parents in particular – have on children’s literacy. Family literacy projects improve the literacy practices of parents and other family members. This has a significant knock on effect on the school performance of children.

Family literacy provides a win-win scenario to policy makers and educationalists, particularly those involved in education in disadvantaged communities.


Family literacy research

We have done research on the benefits and impacts of family literacy and offer specialist knowledge on family literacy practices.

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Family literacy resources

Guidelines, ideas and tips for tutors interested in family literacy work.

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Help My Kid Learn

A website packed full of fun activities that parents can do with their children to develop their literacy and numeracy.

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Information and advice

We offer information and advice on family literacy practices and resources. We provide workshops to small groups and organise family literacy conferences for tutors who want to learn the latest teaching and learning practice. Call us today for more information, on 01 412 7900.

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