Communication and language development

Communication and language is one of the seven areas of the early years foundation stage and is used to assess children's ability to speak, pay attention, listen and understand. Children do this in range of ways including, listening to stories, responding appropriately to what people say, by articulating and expressing their feelings and developing their own narratives and connecting ideas or events.

Below you will find a range of practical articles and expert features that cover communication and language development to help you develop these skills and overcome challenges you might encounter. For more information on the EYFS you can download latest version of the statutory framework here.

Latest Practical

Picture books inspire children to experiment with words and rhymes

Communication and language: Rollicking rhymes

  • Judith Harries

Explore Quentin Blake's sense of fun and inspire children to experiment with words. Challenge them to write their own rhymes and have fun creating new adventures for popular characters.

Tantrums, tears and fun

  • Judith Harries

The books of Tony Ross are packed with humour and misdeeds that are engaging to young children. Use them to develop Communication and Language skills that involve attentive listening and self-expression.

Setting up a juice or smoothie bar is a great way to introduce healthy eating

‘Let's get a take-away’

  • Judith Harries

What is children's favourite – a cafe with healthy snacks or a pizza restaurant? Invite them to role-play their favourite eateries and support them to use new vocabulary and learn about the world.

Children will enjoy discovering which plants can grow in pots

‘Let's get gardening’

  • Sarah Davies

National Gardening Week is an excellent opportunity to showcase to the local community what you do in your setting to grow and use produce, and to encourage a healthy and productive outdoor experience.

Hoops are a versatile resource which can be used for a variety of number games

Get a feel for number

  • Jenni Clarke

Try these ideas for using resources to create tangible ‘number frames’ from one to ten. Children can have fun engaging with number physically while developing key mathematical thinking skills.

Going on a shopping spree

  • Judith Harries

In the third article in her series on role-play, Judith Harries focuses on the activity of shopping, giving children creative scope to open up their very own shop and extend their understanding of the world.

Concealment is a great narrative theme which children can develop

On the trail for clues

  • Hilary White

Introduce children to the excitement of discovering ‘hidden things’ and link picture books with a discovery theme to events in their own life. Can they understand how one clue leads to another?

Latest Features

Tune in to children's natural curiosities

  • Yasmin Mukadam

In the part two of her series exploring high quality provision for babies and children, Yasmin Mukadam looks at the importance of them being actively involved in planning their own learning experiences.

Practitioners can find time and space for children to enjoy being quiet

When silence is golden

  • Paula Brown

In part two of her series exploring how communication skills link to wellbeing, Paula Brown challenges stereotypical notions to do with the extrovert and weighs the cognitive and emotional benefits of silence.

Using messy play to promote self-discovery

  • Sarah Fillingham

Wonderfully natural and inclusive, sensory exploration leads to children's self-expression and wellbeing. Give them time to immerse themselves fully and observe how they go with the flow.

Positive relationships flourish at Apples and Honey Nightingale House

Building positive futures through intergenerational contact

  • Stephen Burke

Bringing old and young together for meaningful interactions is now proving to have many benefits – not just for children and the elderly, but for society as a whole. Stephen and Denise Burke explain how they are working to maximise these benefits.

Everything under the sun

  • Ailsa Chapman

Make the most of the warm and sunny days of summer to introduce the topic of holidays and travel, and organise a variety of outdoor activities, including water and sand play, picnics, sports and trips.

Children will enjoy discovering which plants can grow in pots

‘Let's get gardening’

  • Sarah Davies

National Gardening Week is an excellent opportunity to showcase to the local community what you do in your setting to grow and use produce, and to encourage a healthy and productive outdoor experience.

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