Early Years

Communication and Language

Communication and Language

Communication and Language is a prime area of learning, based on the central importance of these skills for all learning and development. In the EYFS, communication and language development considers three aspects: Listening and Attention; Understanding; and Speaking.

Positive Interactions

Young children communicate with others right from birth; they need to interact with responsive adults and the world around them to ensure healthy brain development. Throughout the early years, adults play an essential role in responding to children’s attempts to communicate and acting as positive role models. 

The most important resource to support children’s developing communication and language skills is the adults around them (you and their parents/carers). It is important to develop positive interaction techniques within your staff teams and with parents or carers.

Top 10 Tips for Talking

Vocabulary Development

Research demonstrates that children’s vocabulary development at an early age is linked to their educational success in later life. During both planned adult led activities and those led by children, adults can model new vocabulary, in context, to help children understand and use new words.

'Children’s phonological skills are important in learning to read but so is vocabulary. Phonological skills at age 5 are better predictors of reading at the age 7 than at the age 11. Vocabulary at age 5 is a better predictor of the more complex tasks of reading at age 11.' Early Years Learning and Development Literature Review, DCSF (2009)

Communication Friendly Environments

The learning environment (inside and out) can make a big different to the way in which children communicate with adults and their peers. You may find it helpful to review how children are using your space: Which areas are popular and well used; which are left unused? What could you change or move Which areas encourage social interaction? Could you add materials to other areas to encourage children to talk to each other? Are there spaces where children can be quieter?

Top 10 Tips for Creating a Communication Friendly Environment

 

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