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  • Writer's pictureBethany Powell

Children’s Communication and Language

Have you ever wondered why it's so crucial to focus on your little one's communication skills even when they are pre-verbal? At Pippa's House Nursery, we are committed to nurturing every aspect of your child's development, and communication is right up there at the top of the list. As one of the Prime Areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, effective communication and language is the basis of all aspects of learning and social and emotional development.

Children's communication and language are the backbone of everything we do. From expressing our needs and feelings to building relationships and understanding the world around us, it's the tool that helps us navigate through life. The foundation for strong communication skills is laid down in those early years, even before a child starts school!

So, why is it so important to give those communication skills so much emphasis?

  1. Setting the Stage for Learning: A child enters the classroom, eager to absorb all the new knowledge coming their way. But without solid communication skills, understanding and participating in lessons can be a real struggle. By honing those skills early on, you're essentially giving your child a head start in their learning journey.

  2. Building Confidence: When a child masters communication skills, they are far more likely to contribute and participate. Whether it's speaking up in class or making new friends, confidence opens doors.

  3. Fostering Relationships: Understanding and being understood forms the basis of healthy relationships. By encouraging a child to communicate effectively and teaching them the skills to do this, we are laying the groundwork for strong connections with friends, teachers, and, of course, parents.

So, how do we as educators, and you as parents, help your children develop these crucial skills? Here are some simple strategies:

  • Add One Word: When your child communicates with you, try adding just one word to their sentence. For example, if they say, "Dog," you can respond with, "Yes, big dog!" This not only expands their vocabulary but also shows them how to build upon their own sentences.

  • Reflect Back: Ever heard of the term "mirroring"? When your child says something, reflect it back to them in a slightly expanded form. For instance, if they say, "I go park," you can respond with, "You want to go to the park? That sounds like fun!"

  • Synonyms Are Key: Introduce synonyms into your conversations with your child. Instead of always using the same words, mix it up a bit. For example, if your child says, "happy," you can respond with, "Yes, you look joyful!" This helps broaden their vocabulary and understanding of language.

At Pippa's House Nursery, we're passionate about giving your child the best start in life, and that includes nurturing their communication and language skills every step of the way. 

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