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Communication and Language

Communication and Language Development

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.

Listening and attention: children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.

Understanding: children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

Speaking: children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future.

 

Bolton Start Well – Early Years Communication and Language Development Service

Bolton Start Well Service includes a Communication and Language Development Team which is a collaborative venture between Bolton Council, Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group and Bolton NHS Foundation Trust. The team includes Speech and Language Therapists and Teachers who work with the early years workforce, parents and professionals to support the development of communication skills in all children including effective early identification of those at risk of speech and language delay.

Bolton Start Well Service provide professional development services for the early years workforce, to train and upskill practitioners to effectively support children’s communication and language development. You can check out the variety of professional development opportunities and training available in the courses section of the website.

Downloads

Guidance for Tips of the Month
Guidance for the use of monthly speech, language and communication development top tips for practitioners.

Top tips of the month for practitioners
Monthly top tips to update practitioners on key areas of speech, language and communication development.

Top tips of the month for parents
Monthly tips which practitioners can share with parents to encourage activities in the home learning environment to promote communication and language development.

Songs of the month
A monthly song card to share with children and parents: one song is a traditional song and the other is a new song to teach the children and share with parents.

Five Golden Rules for Communication
Poster/factsheet outlining the five golden rules to support children’s early communication and language development for use by practitioners and parents.

Communication and Language Development Monitoring Tool – Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions to support you in using the monitoring tool and when to use other interventions such as WellComm Toolkit.

Top 10 toys for the development of communication skills from ICAN
A list of some toys and games that can be particularly helpful for supporting the development of communication skills.

Speech and Language Therapy Referral – Additional Guidance
Additional information to support referrals to Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy which must be submitted via the Early Help Assessment and Action Plan Form.

Communication Champion – Useful Websites Factsheet
A list of useful websites for Communication Champions which provide information, advice and resources to support children’s communication and language development.

Communication Trust – top tips for talking
Top talking tips for parents and their children.

Early Years Communication– Blank Language
Blank language for learning model and story telling.

Blank level questions
Blank level questions using a variety of books.

Speech sounds
Informational factsheet about how children learn sounds.

Cracking the code
A poster displaying speech, language and communication needs and the SEND Code of Practice.

Supporting children learning English as an Additional Language (EAL)
The principles of good practice for children learning English are the principles of good practice for all children. The attached documents share key guidance on supporting children learning English as an additional language and a reflective audit to evaluate how you support this in your settings.

 

For further information on supporting children learning English as an additional language please find enclosed case studies from the settings which took part in the EAL research project:

 

  • Alexandra Nursery – Engaging EAL Parents
  • Gaskells Private Day Nursery – Our Professional Development Using EAL Technology
  • Pikes Lane Primary School – Phonics Resources for EAL Children
  • Red Lane Primary School – Using EAL Technology to Support Transition

EAL Project Case Study – Alexandra Nursery School
Engaging parents of children learning English as an Additional Language

EAL Project Case Study – Gaskells Private Day Nursery
Our professional development using English as an Additional Language technology

EAL Project Case Study – Pikes Lane Primary School
Phonics resources for children learning English as an Additional Language

EAL Project Case Study – Red Lane Primary School
Using English as an Additional Language technology to support transition

Good practice for working with children learning English as an Additional Language
Good practice ideas generated at the Communication Champion Briefing held in May 2017

Working with children who have English as an Additional Language Handout
Factsheet to support practitioners working with children who have English as an Additional Language

English as an Additional Language – Setting Audit Tool
Reflective audit tool to support settings in reviewing their approach and support for children who have English as an Additional Language

Supporting Home Learning Environment (use of dummies)
These information sheets help practitioners to share key information with parents to support them in understanding the pros and cons of the use of dummies and how to wean a child off a dummy at home.