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Literacy Environment Checklist


If you want to be sure that your setting is as effective as possible in providing for children’s emerging literacy skills then this document is for you.

Literacy is separated into reading and writing in the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) – reading and writing development starts with physical skills that need forming before a child will have the muscle strength needed to hold a book, follow text with their eyes, hold writing implements and write.

This checklist is an audit that is designed to help you look at the environments you provide to promote literacy within your setting and help children develop in their reading and writing.

It is divided into sections for reading and writing to make it easier for you to link observations around learning in these areas of the EYFS. It is recommended that you include other staff members if you have them. As you work through the checklist, tick the column that most reflects your setting. This list is not exhaustive, you will notice extra rows that are left blank in case you wish to add other statements that apply to your setting.

Once you have completed the checklist, it will help you to identify any areas where changes may be helpful. You can then use the Action Plan at the end of this document to record any changes you wish to make.

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