This unit familiarises pre-service teachers with literacy in early learning environments. They will consider childrenâ€™s language development and how this corresponds to teaching and learning in literacy for young children. Pre-service teachers will be provided with an understanding of the ways in which children acquire skills, knowledge and attitudes relating to a wide range of literacies, enabling pre-service teachers to develop appropriate skills and strategies to support childrenâ€™s development of literacy. More specifically, pre-service teachers will be introduced to the principles for teaching phonological awareness in relation to childrenâ€™s reading and writing development. In addition, the concept of multiple literacies will also be covered, highlighting its presence in 21st century learning.