Early Phonics course

Developing phonological awareness, learning the alphabet, and learning how to identify sounds in words are vital phonic skills necessary for success in reading and writing. Our on demand video training course will show you how to effectively teach these skills, breaking them down for you into small bites.


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In this course you will receive in-depth training on how to teach children their beginning phonics skills, including how to teach the sounds and letters of the alphabet.

The course covers all the learning covered in an in-person Early Phonics course or live webinar. The on demand video format of this training allows you to self-pace your learning and make it work with when and where you want to learn.

Suitable for ECE teachers and childcare assistants running transition to school programmes and Primary teachers, teacher aides and whānau.

The training covers:
  • basic phonics theory
  • how to teach the alphabet sounds and letters
  • learning options for students at different levels of readiness
  • lesson planning and practice
  • links to Te Whāriki
  • modelled lessons and video clips
  • teaching tips and assessment
  • where to find resources and more!

Early Phonics Training manual

The Early Phonics training manual has all you need to deliver the programme with:

• full lesson plans
• QR codes for videoed lessons
• assessments

The Early Phonics manual is included in the course fee. It will be posted to you shortly after buying the training course.

What’s included?

• access to view the six online training course videos. (total viewing time of 3 hours, 18 minutes).

• one month (30 days) access to view the videos with an option available to extend the viewing time for a small cost

• you can rewind, fast forward and can view it multiple times over the course of the month

• course materials: the Early Phonics manual and a downloadable PDF for use in the course exercises

• a certificate for completing the course

• a discount offer to buy the Early Phonics kit

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Welcome and introduction
Course materials and discount offer


Early Phonics handout

Course outline

Early Phonics Module 1
36 minutes

Introduction to the course

Introduction to phonics

Searchlight model

Stages 1-7 overview

Stage 1 (phonological awareness)

Te Whāriki

Early Phonics Module 2
25 minutes

Introduction to the alphabet

Lesson format

Stage 2 - hear

Early Phonics Module 3
34 minutes

Stage 2 - read

How to make speech sounds

Bouncing and stretching phonemes


Early Phonics Module 4
37 minutes

Stage 2 – write

Pencil grip


Early Phonics Module 5
37 minutes

Stage 2 – revision (hear, read, write)


Early Phonics Module 6
29 minutes

Stage 3


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Final word

Now you have completed the course...

Download certificate

Videos and downloadable resources

Free Zoom call

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Terms of use

By buying access to this on demand video course, you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions.

1) Once purchased, you have one month (30 days) from the date of purchase to complete this online course. You are able to rewind, fast forward and can view it multiple times over the course of the month.

2) The listed price is based on single person viewing only. If you do wish to undertake the course with others, you must each individually buy access to it, even if you are viewing it together. We offer discounts for group viewing.

3) Sharing any of the course content and/or log-in details is prohibited with anyone who has not bought access to the course themselves.

4) You may not record, copy, store or distribute this course or any part of it on any website where either you or others are able to retrieve it electronically. For example, Dropbox, Facebook, You Tube or slide-sharing sites.

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PLEASE NOTE to qualify for this discount, you must order all 6 or 12 places in one order. Ordering say, 4 places and then 2 more in another order later does not qualify. The discount will automatically appear at checkout.