Language development is considered to begin with a stage of pre-verbal communication in which infants use gestures and vocalizations to make their intents known to others. According to a general principle of development, new forms then take over old functions, so that children learn words to express the same communicative functions which they had already expressed by pre-verbal means.
Literacy is most commonly understood as reading and writing. But before children can read and write, they need to develop the essential building blocks for literacy – the ability to speak, learn about sounds, words, listen, understand, watch and draw. The growth of literacy skills is a vital part of your child’s overall development. It’s the foundation for doing well at school, socialising with others, developing independence, managing money and working.