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Speech & Language

The development of children’s spoken language underpins all seven areas of learning and development. Children’s back-and-forth interactions from an early age form the foundations for language and cognitive development. The number and quality of the conversations they have with adults and peers throughout the day in a language-rich environment is crucial. By commenting on what children are interested in or doing, and echoing back what they say with new vocabulary added, practitioners will build children’s language effectively (Development Matters, July 2021)

See below helpful links for Speech, Language, Communication & Early Literacy:

Using Early Childhood Classroom Activities to Build Vocabulary

Monthly Language and Literacy Tips

Ages & Stages - a guide to the typical stages of speech and language development in babies, children and young people.

EYSEND Partnership Free training for practitioners

Universally Speaking - The ages and stages of children’s communication development From birth to 5 years handbook

Speech, Langauage & Communication toolkit for schools

Support for children with Speech, language and communication needs (SLCN)

Speech & Language UK

Help for early years providers (.GOV)

Wellcom: How to use (video guide)