Raising Early Achievement in Literacy

The Sheffield REAL project

Working with parents to promote early literacy development

Resources and information:

Resources covering the key strands of literacy: environmental print, books, early writing and aspects of oral language.

Our book, Enhancing Home Learning Environments: Birth to Five, will be published by Sage in Spring 2022.

Download resources to help you organise early literacy work with parents.

Read the ORIM blog and find out about how to join the ORIM network.


We hope users of this website find the material useful. It is freely available for not-for-profit use by individuals and early years settings. Copyright remains with the University of Sheffield and individual authors. If you wish to use the material for other purposes, contact us: ORIM@sheffield.ac.uk


Many of the materials on this site were developed in the REAL project funded jointly by the University of Sheffield, the Sheffield Local Authority and the Nuffield Foundation.

Photos and many ideas for current practice have kindly been supplied by the National Children’s Bureau and practitioners on the projects described on this site.

The website was funded by the University of Sheffield HEIF4 Knowledge Transfer funding.

Sheffield REAL project partners and sponsors: