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Download our booklet for information about how to support children with English as an additional language (EAL)

Understanding the Stages of Learning for Children with English as an Additional Language (PDF 356kb) aims to provide guidance for early years practitioners and childminders working with young children with EAL.   

The booklet outlines the stages EAL children can go through, from possibly being silent to becoming fluent speakers, recognising that the process of learning English for some children can take several years and is different for each child. It also explains how practitioners can assess a child’s English and gives practical ideas for their next steps, including an invaluable list of top tips for supporting children with EAL.

The booklet was produced by Meeta Johnson, one of the council's Early Years Consultants and the Ethnic Minority Achievement Service (EMAS).  To find out more about the publication you can contact

Training opportunities with the Ethnic Minority Achievement Service (EMAS)

For more details take a look at the EMAS training information or you can contact EMAS

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