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With the EYFS framework changing from September 2021now is a good time to reflect on the resources you offer in your settingDo they complement the diverse needs of the children in your setting and the learning goals they need to achieve? 

Focusing on a key area of the frameworkhere we see how best to maximise the impact of your resources. 

 

Communication & Language

Communication & Language is one of the three prime areas of the EYFS framework, and children’s spoken language underpins each area of their learning. There is nothing better for children’s language skills than to be emersed in a language-rich environment, with opportunities to explore new words in a variety of different contexts.

Through conversation (peer-to-peer and with adults), reading and role play, children can learn and become comfortable with new and exciting language which will extend their learning and play opportunities even more.

pedagogy perspective reinforce that it is important to consider the learning environment (indoors and outdoors) as well as the resources within it to get the best learning outcomes.

Maximise the impact of your resources.

Role Play is one of the best ways for children to develop their vocabulary and language, whilst exploring their imagination and making sense of the world around them, in a safe environment.

Through role play, children can explore and experiment with words and language they have heard elsewhere. Dress up and theatre play, perhaps incorporating helicopter stories, are great for engaging children in single or shared high focus role play activities and can be part of your guided or free play set up. Resources can be varied and multi-purpose, meaning space and budget needn’t be an issue. Setting up a kitchen or market area is also a great way to encourage conversation, as it gives children the opportunity to engage with a wealth of resources in realistic and imaginative ways.

Children’s language can also benefit from engaging in small world play, again, whether it’s free play or guided. Small world play gives children another opportunity to act out scenarios they’ve experienced or witnessed, testing out the language they heard related to those situations. The resources you offer should therefore reflect a diverse range of activities and cultures, as well as natural objects they are familiar with and those that may be new to them.

Exploring sensory resources can also be a great way to encourage communication with any children in your setting. It allows them to learn and use descriptive and comparative language for anything they see, hear or touch, building conversations with adults and peers alike.

HAVE QUESTIONS?

As always, if you have any questions and would like to speak to our Early Years Furniture Consultant Caroline Izard, then please email us or call 01869 320320.