The main purpose of our Early Language Programme is to develop high quality speakers, attentive listeners and children who understand and enjoy what they are learning. These early language development skills lay firm foundations for high quality thinking as well as excellent early reading and writing skills.
Toad Hall Nursery’s Early Language Programme has been developed in partnership with Kay Hiatt (want to know more about Kay, just click here). The programme is implemented by our staff – all of which go on regular training throughout the year. Each child benefits from this extra-curricular activity and is an area which Toad Hall prides itself on.
What can you do at home?
We have developed a number of fact sheets for parents as part of our early language development programme to encourage learning at home. Just click on the links below, or you can also find more resources in our Parent Resources section here.
- Helping your child with reading
- Helping your child with speaking and listening
- Helping your child with writing
More about our Early Language Development and Education
Our aim is that all children, whatever their starting points e.g. those learning English for the first time, ‘language-deprived’ children and children who are already readers at four, will enjoy play activities that capture their imagination as well as developing their language and thinking skills.
To support our Toad Hall Nursery practitioners, we have incorporated the ‘Top Tips for Talking’ developed by the hugely successful programme called ‘Every Child a Talker’. This helps our practitioners plan and work with knowledge, consistency, and enthusiasm.
The programme contains examples of the types of activities that will get the best from children. These are all arranged in a practical and clear format and cover the full age range from babies through to 5 year olds.
To help practitioners implement this programme successfully and encourage early language development, we have included an easy to follow audit for each age group in order to identify what is already going well and what needs to be discussed further.