The EYFS 2014 states that “Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations”.

Communication and Language covers Listening and attention, Understanding and speaking.

I have a chatty, lively bunch of mindees here at Aston Childcare. To ensure I am providing them with opportunities to develop these skills we –

  • Sing songs and nursery rhymes
  • Read and listen to stories
  • We keep background noise to a minimum (especially important with babies when developing early communication and language skills)
  • Use puppets to encourage listening during stories and role play
  • Listen to one another and take account of what eachother say
  • Listen to sounds in the environment (using our senses on nature walks etc)
  • Play games which involve listening and following instructions such as “Simon says”
  • Communicate and chat with babies throughout the day including at nappy changes
  • Use actions to communicate words to younger children and babies such as waving when saying bye
  • Talk to one another about what we have been doing
  • Role play

Some of our favourite communication and language resources and activities are –

  • Toy mobile phone
  • Books and nursery rhymes
  • Role play item such as toy till and tea set
  • Happyland
  • Dolls House, Barn and farm animals
  • Playdough
  • Sand and water play
  • Baking

I currently have walkie-talkies on my wish list and am always happy to hear new ideas.

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