Early Years News and Events

Filed in Early Years Newsletters | Posted on November 8, 2019


Important Dates

Saturday 9th November 2019 – FOSS Firework Night

Tuesday 12th November 2019 – Parents Forum

Wednesday 13th November 2019 – Pre-School Parents Evening 4pm (Appointment only)

Friday 15th November 2019 – Children In Need Charity Day

Donations greatly received Babies- PJ’s or something yellow/spotty Nursery- PJ’s or something yellow/ spotty, Pre-School- Something yellow or spotty

Saturday 30th November 2019 – FOSS Christmas Fayre 11am

Tuesday 3rd December 2019 – Pre-School Nativity Play 9.30am

10th December 2019 – Tuesday

13th December 2019 – Friday

19th December 2019 – Thursday

20th December 2019 – Friday

24th December 2019 – Tuesday

The site will be closed for the Christmas period, Tuesday 24th December 1.00pm – Wednesday 1st January inclusive (unless requested as holiday this period is payable)Babies and Nursery re-open on Thursday 2nd January.

How we can help children develop speech, language and communication skills

Early language and communication skills are crucial for children’s success in school and beyond. It supports your child’s ability to communicate, and express and understand feelings. It also supports thinking and problem-solving, and developing and maintaining relationships. Learning to understand, use and enjoy language is the critical first step in literacy, and the basis for learning to read and write and supporting children to develop strong language and communication skills will enhance their holistic development and support their readiness for school. During their first years children’s brains are developing rapidly and laying the foundation for life learning. In the first 12 months, babies develop many of the foundations that underpin speech, and language development and they will continue to develop these skills at an amazing rate for the first three years of their lives. Adult interaction can influence and support this as we have the prime opportunity to provide children with chances both at home and at nursery that can support their growth and development and in particularly their language and communication skills.

The best way to encourage your child’s speech and language development is to do lots of talking together about things that interest your child. It’s all about following your child’s lead as they show you what interests they have by waving, pointing, babbling or using words. When you finish talking, give them a turn and wait for them to respond –and they will! Babbling together can become your first conversation and as you babble with them you’ll probably find that they will continue the cycle and babble back to you again. This keeps the talking going and they will find it fun. For those children who start to use gestures, you can respond to their attempts to communicate. For example, if your child shakes their head from side to side, respond as if they are saying ‘No’. If they point to a toy, respond as if your child is saying, ‘Can I have that?’ or ‘I like that’ and say this as you pass it. When your child starts using words, you can repeat and build on what your child says. For example, if she says, ‘Apple,’ you can say, ‘You want a red apple?’ When you tune in and respond to your child, it encourages them to communicate. You’ll be amazed at how much they has to say, even before words develop. It is important that we never correct them if the speech is wrong but model back the correct words without comment.

Talking about what’s happening in your daily life together is a great way to increase the number of words your child hears. You can talk about things that make sense to them, what they see or do – the key is to use lots of different words and in different contexts. For example, you can talk to your child about an apple tree and about cutting up an apple for lunch. This helps your child learn the meaning and function of words in their world. It really doesn’t matter if your child doesn’t understand, because their understanding will grow as they develop. From the time your child starts telling stories, encourage them to talk about things in the past and in the future. For example, at the end of the day, you could talk about plans for the next day, by making a shopping list together or deciding what to take on a visit to grandma. Or when you come home from an outing together, you could talk about it. Of course books are of great importance and reading to your child puts meaning to story and text. Reading lets your child hear words in different contexts, which helps them learn the meaning and function of words. Linking what’s in the book to what’s happening in your child’s life is a good way to get your child talking. You can also encourage talking by chatting about interesting pictures in the books you read. When you read aloud with your child, you can point to words as you say them. This shows your child the link between written and spoken words, and helps them learn that words are distinct parts of language. Taking them to the local library is a great source of new books and allows them to make choices for themselves.

Here are just a few of the important things your child might achieve in language development between three months and five years.-

3-12 months…In this period, your baby will most likely coo and laugh, play with sounds and begin to communicate with gestures like waving. Babbling is an important developmental stage during the first year. Babbling is often followed by the ‘jargon phase’ where your child might sound like he’s talking or having a conversation. At this stage, though, this ‘speech’ doesn’t mean anything. First words often start by around 12 months. You might hear babbling, jargon and new words together as your child gets closer to saying her first words.

12-18 months…At this age, children often say their first words with meaning. In the next few months, your child will keep adding more words to their vocabulary. They can understand more than they can say and can follow simple instructions too. For example, your child can understand you when you say ‘No’ – although they may not always do what you say!

18 months to 2 years…In their second year, your child’s vocabulary has grown and they start to put two words together into short ‘sentences’. They understand much of what you say to them, and you can understand what they says to you (most of the time

2-3 years…Your child can speak in longer, more complex sentences now, and is getting better at saying words correctly. They might play and talk at the same time. Strangers can probably understand most of what they say by the time they are three.

3-5 years…You can expect longer, more abstract and more complex conversations now. They are often hard to answer as they think literally. For example, your child might say things like, ‘Will I grow into a watermelon because I swallowed the watermelon seed?’ Your child will probably also want to talk about a wide range of topics, and their vocabulary will keep growing. They might show that they understand the basic rules of grammar, as they experiment with the more complex sentences and incorporate words such as ‘because’, ‘if’, ‘so’ or ‘when’.

Working with children for many years and having two grown up children of my own I know this means you can look forward to some entertaining stories ahead…