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Communication and Language

Involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and to speak and listen in a range of situations.  It is divided into three strands.

Listening and attention



Ideas for parents and carers

  • Enjoy talking with your child, listening to them and asking questions.
  • Rather than correcting inaccurate grammar or unclear speech, model the correct grammar back using a clear and encouraging tone to let him or her know you support their efforts.
  • When children are learning language use short sentences and simple instructions, expanding as they develop.
  • Sing and learn nursery rhymes and songs.
  • Encourage your child to make up their own stories, songs and rhymes.
  • Through talk extend their vocabulary.
  • Encourage your child to listen and take turns in conversations.