Communication and Language Development
Resources for communication and language development in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
- The Communication Trust National organisation with a wealth of information and guidance
- Every Child a Talker guidance for early language lead practitioners, which, although archived, includes a very useful audit of provision for communication and language
- The Hanen Centre Leading international organisation with expert ideas to support communication
- I-CAN National communication charity with articles, resources and ideas
- Talk for Meaning Resources and lively ideas by independent expert consultant Michael Jones
- Ethnic Minority Achievement Service Brighton and Hove service, authors of Understanding the steps of learning for children with EAL in the Early Years. See also the National Strategy EYFS guidance for children with EAL
- Letters and Sounds
Recommended early phonics programme
- Bookstart National organization with advice for practitioners and families
- Lawrence Educational Publications Includes an excellent range of resources such as Helping Young Children to Listen
- Hungry Little Minds – is a three-year campaign from the DfE to encourage parents to engage in activities that support their child’s early learning and help set them up for school and beyond. Download the Campaign toolkit
Listening and attention
- Tune in to Listening – this FREE and very informative website has details of an award winning project to develop the auditory environment and children’s listening skills
- A fantastic FREE listening resource from the BBC is available, featuring a comprehensive library of sounds and nursery rhymes
- A summary of tips for being a communication friendly setting from Early Years Careers.
- A reflective article by Joan Almon about oral language and the role of traditional rhymes and stories is available from the Community Playthings website.
- See this great new Book Nook page from Hanen, Building Early Vocabulary with From Head to Toe by Eric Carle.
- An excellent, practical article to support practitioners in developing children’s language and vocabulary, especially disadvantaged children, published by Community Playthings.
- A step by step guide to developing children’s vocabulary by the Hanen Centre
- An article about the powerful links between turn-taking and early communication by the Hanen Centre
- Talk to your Baby blog
- ‘Why interaction matters’ – the Hanen organisation have a dedicated YouTube channel with clear examples of effective adult-child interactions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJAgWdYM_og
- ‘Helicopter stories’ are a powerful way to developing children’s language, communication, interaction and self-esteem
- Narratives, talk and storytelling with small world play – a resources audit to support seasonal and other provision
- Developing vocabulary during food-based activities
- Makaton signs and activities, including a weather bingo game: https://www.makaton.org/blog/at-work/MakatonInPractice
- A summary of research on the role of eye contact in early language development:
- Inspiring provocations for traditional storytelling in winter and throughout the year
- See these great top tips by Jon Gilmartin, an I CAN specialist, about developing children’s speech, language and communication.
- A FREE chart from the East London Early Years and Schools Partnership shows practical ways that adults can develop children’s early language development.
Guidance by the Early Years Team in Brighton and Hove suggests ways to develop this area of learning: