Communication & Language

On this page you will find principles and practice on communication and language within Early Years.

Phase one activities concentrate on developing children's speaking and listening skills, phonological awareness and oral blending and segmenting. These activities are intended to be used as part of a broad and rich language curriculum that has speaking and listening at its centre, links language with physical and practical experiences, and provides an environment rich in print and abundant in opportunities to engage with books.

Phase one activities pave the way for children to make a good start in reading and writing.


Any community that focuses on it's children, is going to solve other problems!
Professor Colwyn Trevarthen, Child Psychologist

Professor Colwyn Trevarthen is Emeritus Professor of Child Psychology and Psychobiology at the University of Edinburgh, and is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Vice President of the British Association for Early Childhood Education. He originally trained as a biologist, before going on to study infancy research at Harvard in 1967, and has since published on brain development, infant communication and emotional health.

His current research concerns how rhythm and expressions of musicality in movement help communication with children and may help parents; teachers and therapists give care and companionship to young children.

Last update: Tuesday 28th of January 2020 03:54:39 PM