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Monthly update for communication, language and literacy

Communication, language and literacy developments for early years practitioners.

December 2021

This month's top tip is all about gaining children’s attention to support their listening skills, remember to say the child’s name before you start talking to them, this will help them to focus and hear what is being said in the first instance.

Elklan have a free download containing practical activities to support listening and attention please feel free to share these with your parents and staff.

View December's tip of the month.

Come Talk with Me Top Tip posters

Please remember that printed versions of the poster are available for collection from your local Family Hub and if you have not yet collected them yet, you can come and get them now.

The Top Tip poster is just one of the Come Talk with Me resources available for you to use to support your work with parents and your teams to promote children’s communication and language.

Please see our Resources page for more information.

No Pens Day Wednesday

A message from ICAN

Thank you so much to all the schools and settings for taking part across the UK in #NoPensDayWednesday.  Hopefully you had a day of children engaging with this day and putting speaking and understanding skills in the spotlight.

Share your feedback

We'd love to hear more about how this day went for you.

Please complete our brief feedback survey and let us know what you thought about No Pens Day Wednesday, including the resources available and anything additional that would have helped you.

Your feedback will help us to plan an even better No Pens Day Wednesday next year.

Sensory Storytelling Performance

BCP Libraries present a free Live sensory tale told though exquisite props. Especially designed to include children with additional needs, and children with English as an additional language, but all are welcome.

Aimed at ages 2-3, but all ages under 5 (and older siblings) welcome.

  • Friday 10th December 10.30am – 11.00am