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
- Dolls House, Barn and farm animals
- Sand and water play
I currently have walkie-talkies on my wish list and am always happy to hear new ideas.