Listening, Understanding, Speaking – Creating high quality communication opportunities
The materials included on this page have evolved to help EYFS providers to support children in their ongoing development of communication skills and language acquisition.
Communication and Language Audit Tools
This is a series of tools for auditing the language provision in your setting. They form part of the Practice Development Cycle for improving provision for communication and language opportunities provided for children.
Monitoring a child’s communication and language development
To assess a child’s development with communication and language, first refer to a universal progress assessment such as the ‘Listening’, ‘Understanding’ and ‘Speaking’ aspects of learning in Development Matters.
The ORIM Framework document below is helpful for structuring supporting parents with their child’s communication, language and literacy. The idea of ORIM, parents providing Opportunities, Recognition, Interaction and a Model of literacy for their children, was created as part of the ‘Raising Early Attainment in Literacy’ project. As a way of involving parents, the model can also be used to support every child’s language and communication development. Working in partnership with parents is an essential component within language skills development.
The documents below have been created to support practitioners with ideas for developing practice with communication and language development. There are also relevant websites linked underneath.