Sounds, Words, Aborginal Language and Yarning

SWAY is an oral language and literacy program based on Aboriginal knowledge, culture and stories with the early years learning environment. It was developed by Early Educators, AEOs and Speech Pathologists at the Royal Far West School in Manly, NSW.

Teachers learn to

  • Embed local Aboriginal Language, culture and stories within their classroom programming.
  • Using speech pathology strategies to develop oral language and early literacy skills.

What we offer

  • Practical training and mentoring to teaching staff within rural and remote NSW.
  • A ‘ready to go’ resource kit that contains speech pathology games and activities.
  • Access to a bank of SWAY lesson plans and downloadable resources.




These learning experiences develop the child’s listening and sound awareness skills.



Include learning experiences that focus on developing the child’s comprehension, vocabulary, grammatical forms and sentence structure.


Aboriginal Language

These learning experiences embed local Aboriginal Language



These yarns focus on developing the child’s comprehension of stories, yarns, recounting and story telling skills.

Sharing Yarns

Lois loves sharing her yarns of childhood memories and learning on Country.

Remote Learning

Joanne delivers small group speech pathology remotely. So location isn’t an issue!


"I have welcomed the opportunity to learn about and utilize the Sounds, Words and Yarning Program and all that it embodies. The ideas, content and resources presented in SWAY have been thoughtfully planned to be both culturally sensitive and relevant to our local Gumbaynggiir people and Community. In Bridges, we have all enjoyed sharing and learning with the SWAY activities, stories and games and they have become an integral component of our program. Being an early childhood teacher working in a rural and remote community such as Bowraville, I have also appreciated the ongoing professional support and encouragement that the SWAY team members from RFW have given me. Thank you!"

Jeanette Morton

BEC Teacher/ Co Ordinator Bridges Transition Program Bowraville Central School

Meet our team

Eileen Kalucy

Lois Birk

Jenny Rayner

Renee Aquilina

Joanne Blackbourn