About Us

Bright Stars Early Literacy supports children aged 3.5 - 5 years to prepare for primary school through tailored curriculum. Our program is facilitated by qualified, experienced primary school teachers and early childhood educators.

Our Program

Each week children are introduced to a new phoneme using the Australian Sound Waves Phonics Program.  


Our program is unique as it incorporates explicit teaching and hands-on learning.  Individualised learning programs based on each child’s level of development, are tailored to support skills in reading writing and numeracy.  Children are allocated weekly one to one instruction time with the teacher.


Classes are fun and interactive helping to build children’s confidence and develop social skills. Children work in small groups and are immersed in a variety of rich, multi-sensory learning experiences. 

The maximum group size per class is ten students.

Weekly Activities include:


  • Phonemes (letter sounds) 

  • Phonemic awareness activities

  • Rhymes

  • Speaking and listening activities

  • Individualised learning programs

  • Handwriting 

  • Fine Motor activities

  • Counting

  • Number recognition

  • Pattern and Order

  • Shapes

  • Art and craft

  • Drama/roleplay

  • Music

  • Singing

  • Sensory activities

  • Science

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Our Educators

Franca De Simone
Program Director and Founder of Bright Stars Early Literacy

Bachelor of Education; Graduate Diploma of Social Sciences

Franca is a registered teacher with the Victorian Institute of Teaching and the Australian Tutoring Association. Having worked in Education for thirty years, she has acquired a wealth of teaching experience spanning from the Early Years through levels Prep to Year 6.

Whilst working in primary schools, Franca held various roles. She was a classroom teacher and taught all levels from Prep to Year Six. She also fulfilled various specialist teaching positions and was appointed the role of Literacy Coordinator and Literacy Intervention Teacher. Prior to establishing Bright Stars Early Literacy, Franca worked in a variety of Early Childhood programs and was a leading teacher in a school readiness program.

Franca’s passion for teaching literacy, coupled with her love of music and performing arts was the driving force which led her to establish Bright Stars Early Literacy. Franca keeps abreast of current educational research and works tirelessly to create exciting, individualised hands-on learning programs for her students.


Franca looks forward to meeting you at Bright Stars Early Literacy.

Anita Cecconi
Assistant Teacher

Diploma of Social Sciences (Childcare services); Children’s Services Officer

Anita’s extensive experience in the Early Childhood industry spans almost 30 years. She has held roles as a Children’s Service Officer and Team Leader in long day care settings. Anita was a Director of a Childcare Centre for several years and was instrumental in the planning and implementation of various programs.

Prior to joining Bright Stars Early Literacy, Anita worked as an assistant teacher in a school readiness program. She facilitated and supported children’s learning in the areas of handwriting, literacy and numeracy.

Anita is a passionate educator who supports students by encouraging participation, independence, and social connectivity.

Anita looks forward to welcoming your children at Bright Stars Early Literacy.