Early literacy preparation program

PreLit is a systematic, skills-based program that lays a sound foundation for children to learn to read. It provides early childhood teachers with the tools necessary to teach pre-literacy skills and concepts in a fun and engaging way, focusing on phonological awareness and oral language development through structured storybook reading.

Who is it for?

  • Preschool children in the year before formal schooling begins
  • Children in the Foundation year without sufficient pre-literacy skills


PreLit can be taught to a whole class, small groups or individually, by preschool teachers and child care centre staff, teachers and parents. It is designed to be delivered three times a week.

Key benefits

  • Evidence-based, best practice program which is appropriate for all children regardless of skill level
  • Highly cost-effective small group or whole class instruction program, with low ongoing operating costs
  • Easy to adopt in an early childhood or school setting

I have been so impressed with how easy the PreLit program is to use! I really appreciate the explicit teaching elements and the repetition of tricky activities. I am amazed at the skill level and sound knowledge I now see in the class. I can’t recommend this program highly enough to any preschool educator who wants to increase children’s knowledge, skills and interest in reading.

Suzie Beckinsale, Prep Teacher, Broughton Anglican College

Program content

The program is systematic, skills-based and taught in a hierarchical sequence, and designed to complement a play-based learning environment. There are 108 short, clearly prescribed lessons that incorporate different types of phonological awareness activities and oral blending and segmentation activities.

Various activities are presented in a game format and lessons are cumulative with children progressing through the program at their pace and developmental level. Each activity is 15-20 minutes.

The PreLit Kit includes the following components:

  • Teacher manual
  • Lessons book
  • Sound snap presentation book
  • Letter cards
  • Alphabet picture cards
  • Picture cards
  • Shared story book reading cards based on 36 well-known children’s storybooks

Pre Lit Professional Development Workshop