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Supporting Reading Development

These pages contain a guide to the eight stages of reading development and how to support your child. Each step has a description of that stage of reading as well as tips on how to support child's reading development. It is important to remember that reading is a highly complicated skill, using multiple strands that come together to create a skilled reader, and each child will progress differently. This scale is simply a guide, and a child may progress in different areas at different rates.

The basics are – to make time for reading, model reading, and talk to your child about their reading. If you are unsure of which questions to ask have a look at the section entitled ‘Suggested Questions’ on the right hand side of each page.

The scales have been taken from The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education along with additional suggestions from the Librarian, Alison Tarrant (MCLIP).