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Hillside Nursery and Forest School

Teaching of Early literacy

Developing Talk

Young children typically gain several new words a day, acquiring vocabulary at an ‘astonishing rate’. Yet by the time they start school, some children will have heard millions more words than others. The number of words a child has heard and can speak by the age of three is a predictor of later language development, so these early vocabulary gains are critically important. The Reading Framework 2022

What do we want all our children to know during their time at nursery?

Phonics from the start

What do we want all our children to know term by term during their time at nursery?


Early Reading

We believe that we have a vital role to play in developing our children’s language toolkit to prepare them to read and write well in the future as this not only underpins academic success in every subject but is fundamental for building fulfilling careers and rewarding lives.

Our intent is to ensure our pedagogy and approach support the key levers for success set out in the ‘Preparing for Literacy’ guidance report produced by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF).

We Are Reading

We promote a love of books and reading from the very start of our children's time here at Hillside Nursery School.

Useful links...

Books and activity pages for 0-3 years.

Click here.


Books and Activity pages for 3-5 years.

Click Here.