Our teachers are early childhood specialists with a passion for children’s literature and a deep knowledge of how young children learn to read and write English. Children who learn in our environment realise that reading is entertaining and fun. They want to read because it is enjoyable, and the more they read, write and discuss, the more skilled they become at it. We are based in Sydney.
Associate Professor Alyson Simpson
With a background as a teacher librarian Associate Professor Alyson Simpson now works with graduate-entry trainee teachers at the University of Sydney ... read and hear more.
I'm an Early Years teacher with a particular passion for reading. I believe that children should be read aloud to from the moment they arrive in the world, and for as long as they would like to snuggle up and listen to you - even into teenage years if they'll let you! This will instill a lifelong love of stories and reading. I enjoy teaching children to read through play, drama, art and craft. I believe learning to read should be a fun and positive experience, and a challenge that the child is excited to fulfill when they are ready. I studied and qualified in the UK and taught for several years over there, and then decided to teach in International schools in Singapore and Cambodia. When I came to Australia, I opened my own Family Day Care, which I have been running now for 13 years. All of the children that come to me get read to on a daily basis and my preschoolers start school with a headstart to learning to read and write with my Jolly Phonics literacy program. I live in Annandale with my 7 year old son, who still won't go to bed without a bedtime story.