Working Together: Approaches to Family Literacy NALA (2004:9)

The term family literacy describes:

  • The uses of literacy within family networks, especially activities which involve two or more generations;
  • Education programmes which help to develop literacy and numeracy learning in a family context.

The family literacy approach:

  • Supports the learning that happens in the home and in communities;
  • Breaks down barriers between learning in different contexts;
  • Gives vital support to parents whose own education has been limited for various reasons;
  • Develops both children’s and adults’ literacy learning.

In this document the word ‘family’ describes a relationship of care and support between different generations, usually over a long period and the word ‘parents’ refers to adults who are in a long-term caring relationship with children and responsible for their well-being and development.