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Teaching Phonics in Early Childhood

Queensland University of Technology via FutureLearn


Learn evidence-based skills for teaching phonics to young children

Intentionally and explicitly teaching the relationship between letters and sounds through play-based pedagogies is a crucial part of children’s literacy development. There is much popular debate surrounding this topic, amongst researchers, teachers, parents and education authorities. This course will share research-based knowledge and skills around code-based literacy in early childhood.

This is a general, introductory course aimed at anyone supporting children to prepare for school, including parents, educators and workers in early childhood education and care (ECEC), centre directors, early primary school teachers, and education leaders.

For Australian educators, this course aligns with the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST):

  • Know the content and how to teach it
    • 2.1, 2.5
  • Engage in professional learning
    • 6.1, 6.2, 6.3
  • Engage professionally with colleagues
    • 7.4

For Australian educators in before-school settings, this course aligns with the following National Quality Standard (NQS):

  • Quality Area 1 – Educational program and practice
    • Element 1.2.1 Intentional teaching: educators are deliberate, purposeful, and thoughtful in their decisions and actions.
    • Element 1.2.2 Response teaching and scaffolding: Educators respond to children’s ideas and play and extend children’s learning through open-ended questions, interactions and feedback.


  • Introducing phonics
    • Why phonics?
    • What is phonics?
    • Explore phonics
    • The debate
    • Wrap up
  • Teaching phonics
    • Teaching strategies
    • Try it
    • Wrap up

Taught by

Stacey Campbell


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    Viviana Coronado

    Viviana Coronado is taking this course right now.

    Great information for a newbie. I've been an aide for 10 years and finally taking the next step In my career to be a teacher. This online course is awesome and easy to understand.
  • Reddamma Mangiri

    Reddamma Mangiri is taking this course right now.

    It's very helpful. It is useful for children and parents also. Now a days parents should know all these for teach to their kids.

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