• Preparing for Literacy: Early Years Language Development

    Preparing for Literacy: Early Years Language Development


    Successfully developing children’s early communication and language skills is key to ensuring children succeed in reading, writing and across the curriculum. This course will allow you to explore the EEF recommendations, to understand the role of the adult in language development, see highly effective practice in action and explore a language-rich environment.

    What is involved?

    The course will take place over four two hour short morning sessions. Each session begins with an exploration of the evidence, followed by sharing of practical tools, and opportunities to observe effective practice in action and to explore a language-rich environment. Each session will take place in a different setting, allowing participants to experience a range of evidence-informed approaches.

    Who is the programme for?

    Early Years practitioners and leaders.

    Session details

    Session One:

    Date: Thursday 14 January 2021
    Theme: Communication and Language

    • The language-rich environment
    • High quality interactions
    • Storytelling
    • Explicit vocabulary instruction

    Session Two:

    Date: Thursday 21 January 2021
    Theme: Reading

    • A mixed approach
    • Stories, songs and rhymes
    • Developing phonological awareness
    • The physical processes of reading

    Session Three:

    Date: Thursday 4 February 2021
    Theme: Writing

    • Expressive language
    • An enabling environment
    • Purpose, audience and motivation
    • Handwriting

    Session Four:

    Date: Thursday 25 February 2021
    Theme: Next steps

    • Developing children’s self-regulation
    • Working with parents
    • High-quality assessment
    • Support for struggling children

    Sign up and cost

    Register for our 2020-21 cohort here.

    Price: £180
    Members receive a 20% discount