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Talking and Listening in the Early Years: effective communication partners

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Applicable to: 
Early Years Practitioners
Event Type: 
per person
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About this event

Vocabulary at age 3 is a very strong indicator of future academic and social attainment and yet many children enter nurseries and schools with delayed or limited language skills. Early years’ practitioners have a crucial role in supporting communication and language development and their conversations with children are key. High quality language learning interactions can make all the difference in helping all children make the progress they should.

This course aims to increase participants’ understanding of the development of communication & language in the early years by:

  • Reflecting on strategies used by adults as effective communication partners, using observation prompts to analyse adults’ communication;
  • Considering current levels of adult interaction, including extending children’s language for thinking;
  • Understanding the place of planned and targeted language opportunities and exploring some effective language-based activities such as conversation stations, dialogic book talk and story making ;
  • Celebrating current good practice and planning for development.

There will be a mix of information giving, video clips, discussion and group activity enabling participants to gain new knowledge, work with colleagues and reflect on their own practice.

Trainer(s): Helen Moylett

Helen Moylett is an independent early years consultant, trainer and writer, the most recent publication being Characteristics of Effective Early Learning: helping young children become learners for life (Open University Press 2014). Her many involvements include developing the original Early Years Foundation Stage and national lead for the Every Child a Talker programme, expert adviser to the EYFS review team and co-author of Development Matters. Helen has been a nursery, primary, home-school and advisory teacher, a university lecturer as well as head of an early years centre. Helen is a Vice President of Early Education and a visiting fellow at Oxford Brookes University.