The more you talk to a baby and children, the more you enable them to become a good talker and a confident, happy child.
Out and about or in the setting:
- Talk about what's around you
- Stop and look at what the children are interested in
- Listen to and talk about the sounds around you
- Look at the words and numbers in the environment
- Talk about what you see when you are out and about with the children
- Talk about what you are doing
- Talk about what the child is looking at for example, the lights, the colours
- Let the children help in everyday setting routines
- Talk to the children during eating
- Encourage the children to talk about their day
- Let the children help you to prepare the food or set the table
- Talk with children while you help them put their coats and shoes on for example, "arms in"
- Talk or sing rhymes during routines for example brushing teeth, putting on shoes, washing hands
- Follow the child's lead.
- Make sure you use lots of comments and fewer questions.
- Give choices to increase vocabulary for example 'satsumas or apples'.
- Use daily routines to repeat and emphasise basic language.
- Listen carefully to children and give them time to finish.
- If the child says something incorrectly say it back the right way for example "Goggy bited it." "Yes the dog bit it, didn't he."