Supporting Early Language Development in Childcare Centres

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From a baby’s first coos and babbles, through toddlers developing the ability to communicate their needs, to preschoolers using increasingly complex words to express themselves and begin to explore reading and writing, it is crucial that children are exposed to the right learning opportunities and experiences in order to develop strong literacy skills.

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Language development is a critical factor for early learning, and research shows that children who hear more words and conversations at home and in childcare melbourne cbd have larger vocabularies and are better prepared to learn to read. However, many children, especially those from poverty settings, do not hear enough words and conversations, leaving them struggling to catch up as they enter school (National Early Literacy Panel, 2008).

While teachers are key in supporting a child’s literacy learning, children themselves play an essential role too. This e-clip features a child care centre teacher explaining the importance of talking to children as much as possible, including reading books to them and responding to their questions and gestures in a sensitive and responsive way. She also encourages incorporating rhymes, songs, finger plays and poetry into daily activities.

To support Maryland educators in promoting the literacy learning of young multilingual learners, DEC has partnered with WIDA Early Years to develop a series of online training modules on linguistically and culturally responsive practices for working with young multilingual families. You can access these training modules(link is external) by creating a free account and registering here.

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