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Talking and Listening in the Early Years: The role of the adult as an effective communication partner

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

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Early Years Practitioners
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per person per course
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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. Supporting children's language development is complex and more than a matter of providing appropriate environments and activities. The crucial element is the quality of the conversational interactions with adults which help children to learn language.

This course aims to support participants to:

• Increase their understanding of the development of communication and  language in the early years;
• Reflect on strategies used by adults as effective communication partners;
• Consider their current levels of adult interaction, including extending children’s language for thinking;
• Use observation prompts to analyse adults’ communication;
• Explore and practice some effective language-based activities;
• Celebrate current good practice and plan for development.

There will be mix of information giving, video clips, discussion and practical group activity and role play 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. She was centrally involved in developing the EYFS as well as many of the associated National Strategies materials and was the national lead for the Every Child a Talker programme. She served as an expert adviser to the EYFS review team and co-authored Development Matters. Helen has been a nursery, primary and home-school teacher, an advisory teacher and a university lecturer as well as head teacher of an early years centre. She has written and edited various early years books, most recently Characteristics of Effective Early Learning: helping young children become learners for life (Open University Press). Helen is a Vice President of Early Education and a tutor on the MA and PGCE courses at the Centre for Early Childhood Research in Birmingham.