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Monthly update for communication, language and literacy

About our monthly updates

Our monthly updates provide information and resources for early years practitioners to support communication, language and literacy developments.

October 2022

This month our Come Talk with Me Top Tip is to:

“Give your child choices – for example ‘water’ or ‘milk’ this will help them to expand their vocabulary.

For more information about how to use this strategy, including some common pitfalls, watch this YouTube clip from Bryony Rust who is a speech and language therapist.

Offering choices to build language

New recorded WellComm training

Making a request for support (using the WellComm Toolkit). The workshop will give you detailed step by step instructions to guide you in completing accurate WellComm assessments and to follow the correct process of accessing further support if you have concerns about a child's speech, language or communication.

The workshop is designed to be viewed as a follow on to Introduction to the WellComm Toolkit recording, which you can book on through CPD Online.

Words for life activity

The Rustle of Leaves Read and Explore

This engaging story can help children to understand anxiety so they can become better equipped to challenge and manage their own fears. Pippa the Rabbit accidentally causes her children to become afraid of the “Rustle of Leaves” which means that when Fox offers to keep them safe from the “dangerous” rustling, they find themselves in a truly tricky situation.

September 2022

This month our Come Talk with Me Top Tip is to:

"Point to and name things you are talking about and that your child in interested in - this will help them to learn more words."

Pointing by care givers also encourage babies to start to understand what pointing is about and therefore start to point themselves. Research has found that the more children under the age of 2 point - the better their language skill will be later on.

Words for life activity

Countdown to school or nursery. The week before starting school or nursery can be an exciting and possibly anxious time for children. Share these ideas with parents to help get them ready fo this transition. 

Elkan Facebook Live

Talking Tips to encourage clear speech - Ideas for adults to use to help children with their talking

Thursday 25th August 2022 from 7:30 to 8:30 pm.

Words for life activity

These 8 simple tips show you how to support your children’s reading and writing while doing things to look after their health.

Tiny Happy People

Tiny Happy People have produced 22 fund and free family activities for children. These ideas are useful for parents and early years settings alike.

The Literacy Trust Facebook Live

This month Lisa is reading I’m Actually Really Grown Up Now written by Maisie Paradise Shearring and published by Macmillan Children's Books. Lisa carries out a lovely reading of the book and then goes on to record a chat and play session.