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.