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Pinvin Community Preschool

Nurturing hearts and minds on a path of possibilities

Children’s skilful use of language underpins their learning across all areas of an Early Years curriculum. 

At Pinvin Community Preschool we prioritise a communication rich environment and supporting children to develop the skills needed to be good communicators. 

Children are born communicators

A new born baby recognises familiar sounds, prefers human voices and recognises the rhythms, tunes and vowel sounds of its native tongue. They seek eye contact and gaze at faces, it is these innate behaviours that support early relationships and lay the foundations for communication and language development.



Supporting Babies With Early Communication

Developing language: Action songs

Songs and rhymes support early communication skills in a fun age appropriate manner. The rhythm, pitch and tone of singing engages children and the repetition helps boost their communication skills. Action songs can teach vocabulary and be easily adapted to the developmental age of the child. They are a great tool for group or 1 to 1 time and help build relationships. 


Action Songs 

Nursery rhymes

Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that children who know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they are four years old are usually among the best readers and spellers in their class by the time they are eight years old. Nursery rhymes can be taught any time any where, one of our favourite times are during the transitions in the day, nappy times are also a lovely opportunity to sing together.


Benefits of singing rhymes to children

A time to be together with no distraction
Extends vocabulary
Teaches mathematical concepts i.e. number or preposition 
Supports memory and sequencing of events
Invites children to use imagination
Sharing rhymes with children is sharing a tradition, remembering what it was like when you were a child
Helps children understand variations in tone

Nursery Rhymes

Storytime

There is nothing nicer then snuggling up with your children and immersing into a storybook or two. Reading stories to children is beneficial in so many ways, supporting their listening, understanding and speaking skills. It is a time to come together away from distraction and travel to another world as your imagination sets sail. Audio stories are another nice way to wind down after a busy day. 


Nothing beats the feel and smell of a real book. We offer the opportunity for you to borrow books from the setting on a weekly basis or why not join the local library, its a lovely way to appreciate books and the local library often run free events such as story times and reading challenges for older children.

Pershore Library

CBeebies Story Time

Storytelling & Fun with Language

Supporting language in play

As adults we can sometimes be guilty of asking children many questions which puts them under pressure, resulting in them responding with the first thing that comes into their head or by saying what they think we want to hear. This can stunt communication. The rule of thumb is if you already know the answer don't ask the question! 

Instead we should narrate and comment on children's play

'Wow! You you are building a tower! Its getting taller and taller. Oh you have the blue block. The tower is wobbling. Oh dear all fall down!' 


This exposes children to new vocabulary, invites them to comment without any pressure and shows them you are interested and engaged in them and their activity.

The Role of the Adult in Play

Hungry little minds and Tiny happy people

Hungry little Minds, and Tiny Happy People are parent friendly websites comprising of short videos and simple, fun activities that you and your children can do together, to help develop those important communication skills.


Tiny Happy People

Hungry Little Minds

Balanced system: Speech language and communication pathway

The Balanced System® framework is a way of making sure that in a setting, school or local area, the right provisions are available for parents, carers and professionals to help children and young people develop their speech, language and communication.

The framework is organised in five strands or themes and across three levels. All of these are important to get the whole system working at its best. To find out more, choose parents and carers, or professionals, to follow the best journey for you.

Balanced System

ICAN

We want a world where all children have the communication skills they need to fulfil their potential. We’re working towards this vision by:

  • Offering practical help for parents who are concerned about their child
  • Empowering early years and school professionals through training, support and information
  • Running outreach programmes in the community
  • Developing intervention programmes for delivery in over 5,000 nurseries and schools across the UK

ICAN

Worried about your child's communication and language skills?

Come and speak with us for guidance and support

Then why not visit...

Blossom vale children's centre at Avon Rd,  Pershore 

Drop in Speech & Language Talking Walk sessions. 

Every Tuesday  9am-12:30pm


Worcestershire Speech & Language 

Further support

ICAN: Ages and stages document

NHS: Speech and language development