Communication and language development

Cross curricular: Wrap up!

'There's no such thing as bad weather – just inappropriate clothing,' as the saying goes. Use children’s colourful winter clothing as a link to many areas of learning.

Living the moment

Discover how a new resource is helping pre-schoolers to develop a passion for the past with an audio experience that transports them to momentous events such as the Great Fire of London.

Grab a pumpkin and have fun on Halloween!

Discover how this spooky celebration can provide an exciting springboard for children's creative activities, including artworks, story-telling, role-play and lots of fun with friends.

Find quality time

It is important for parents to find the time to interact directly with their child whenever they can. That means ensuring too many other things do not get in the way, says Annette Rawstrone.

Catch the moment

A trip or outing is full of new sights, events and experiences and by photographing them children can make sense of their memories. This also gives the practitioner a unique insight into their thinking.

Take your cue to get conversations rolling

In this Practical Pre-School Book extract Jenny Barber outlines how carefully considered interactions can be used to support children at different developmental stages, encouraging their confidence and ideas.

Quietly getting on with it

It is important to develop a support plan for a child with hearing loss, so that all staff understand how practice and resources can be adapted to ensure he makes progress with learning, language and social interactions.

Snap happy

Photos are a great resource for one-to-one time and group discussion. Make them a focus for discussing holiday destinations, memories and expectations, drawing on their own experiences.

Talking books

Try these ideas for fostering a ‘can do’ attitude to book talk, encouraging children to join in with repeated words and phrases and initiating discussions about story events and characters.

Whatever the weather we play

There is one thing you can predict about a British summer, it is completely unpredictable! But as we know, with the right assortment of clothes, we go outside come rain or shine.

Becoming more aware of sounds

This is the second in a series of extracts from the book, Developing Early Literacy Skills Outdoors, which explores ideas for providing children with opportunities to learn outside.

Listening and paying attention

This is the third in a series of extracts from the book, Developing Early Literacy Skills Outdoors, which explores ideas for providing children with opportunities to learn outside.

Retain and recall information

This is the fourth in a series of extracts from the book, Developing Early Literacy Skills Outdoors, which explores ideas for providing children with opportunities to learn outside.

The songs of knowing

Continuing our exploration of the prime and specific areas of learning, this month we focus on communication and language and how we can support these in childminding settings.

Discriminating between sounds

This is the first in a series of extracts from the book, Developing Early Literacy Skills Outdoors, which explores ideas for providing children with opportunities to learn outside.

Talking books

Try these ideas for fostering a ‘can do’ attitude to book talk, encouraging children to join in with repeated words and phrases and initiating discussions about story events and characters.

Dingle dangle scarecrow

How do you keep birds and other predators away from crops? Humans have been trying different methods since the dawn of farming, but one particular method has become popular the world over.

Try and second guess me

Children use guesses to form hypotheses about the world and their place in it. Here we look at the different types, how they influence us, and how we, as practitioners, can help maximise their learning.

Storytelling foundations

This series shares a variety of ideas on how to provide opportunities for young children to read for pleasure, so when they are ready, they will have the motivation and foundations in story to persevere.

Hear this, here and now

The second in a series of articles that will explore the classic five senses, introduces ways to investigate and explore each sense alongside cross-curricular activities – this month, hearing.

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