The five ways: Read & Count

You can find words and numbers all around you. By pointing out letters, words and numbers in the home, street and community, you can help your child develop early literacy and numeracy skills.


Early numeracy

Try counting steps, measuring ingredients, or sorting toys or clothes into sizes, colour or shapes. Check out some ideas for learning maths everyday here.


Learning literacy

It’s never too soon to start reading with your child. Reading books with babies, toddlers and young children is a great way to develop literacy skills and learn about their world.

You can also find words by reading street signs, pointing out letters in their name or practising writing (this starts by mimicking you, by making squiggles and lines on a page). Watch the video to hear what our Early Years Ambassador has to say about early reading and writing.

Published — 03 July 2017 Last updated — 03 July 2017

Want personalised tips and activities?

Complete these short questions to get personalised tips and activities to see how simple and easy it can be.

Get started
01 / 05

What is your relationship with the child?


What best describes your location?


If you had a spare moment, what would you most likely do with the child?


And finally…

Do you speak another language at home apart from English?
Are you of Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander descent?
Does the child need additional support with their development or learning?
Now we know a little more about the content that might interest you we’ve compiled it into a handy page for you.