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Registration cards – Literacy – EAL

Observe how everyday routines in an EY setting can offer an opportunity for learning and engagement. In this clip we can see how much concentration a three year old employs when she volunteers to file the morning registration cards. Observe how the parent (who is there to collect her) uses this opportunity to support and extend the child's reading skills and cognitive development. It's also evident that activities like these are great for increasing confidence and supporting the development of a sense of agency.

Good for looking at:

  • every day routines
  • emerging literacy skills
  • language and communication skills
  • effective adult support
  • following a child's interest
  • supporting the development of a sense of agency


  • What cues can you see that show what the child is interested in? (Look out for non-verbal and body language as well as spoken language)
  • How the child is learning?
  • Which areas of play, development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
  • In what ways does the adult support the child’s learning?
  • How does the environment and the provision support the child’s learning?