At every Cuddles Childcare Centre in the Perth area, we help your child’s language development in a variety of ways. We offer Jolly Phonics to help with early reading. We also have a lot of structured but interactive play. We have unstructured play that also helps with language development.
Basically, the more your child interacts with teachers and other children, the greater language skills he or she is developing. We would like to provide you with some basic facts on language development in children, courtesy of our experience and a website called “RaisingChildren.net.au.”
Language Development: With or Without Childcare
The first year is extremely important, but are all of the early years. While language development should be a lifelong experience, the early years are important to set precedents of learning, interaction and curiosity.
During their first year, babies are learning what will become the foundation of language and speech development. Up to three years old, your child may not be able to say a lot, but they understand a lot more than they can communicate verbally.
Ultimately, language development allows your child to freely communicate feelings and thoughts. It enhances problem-solving, critical thinking and the ability to develop and maintain relationships with others, both adults and children. When your child can use, understand and enjoy language in everyday life, it is the first step towards literacy.
Encouraging Early Years Language Development
The one most important thing you can do to enhance and encourage language in your child is to talk together on a regular basis as often as possible. Here are some tips for talking with your child in a way that enhances language development.
Talk to Your Baby
It is important to talk to your baby like he or she can understand you and talk back. Assume your child is talking back to you and conversing when he or she makes noises. Whenever you are finished talking, give your child “space” to respond. Your child will respond to you. When your baby is old enough to babble, babble back. It’s fun and keeps the conversation going.
How to Respond
As your baby grows, he or she will use gestures and words, or at least fragments of words. Figure out what your baby means the best you can and respond according. For example, if your baby says something that sounds like “bottle” and or points at his or her bottle, get the bottle and hand it to your baby.
The more you respond, the more it encourages your child to communicate. You will be surprised at just how much your child actually has to say.
Day After Day
Talk to your baby day after day, every day. Talk about what is going on in your home. Make sure to use a variety of words. As your baby grows into a toddler, keep talking. Keep the narration going of what you are doing and what your child is doing.
As your child grows, he or she will start to tell stories. Encourage your child to tell stories about the past and about the future. At the end of every day, talk about plans for tomorrow, things you are going to do. When you and your child share an experience, encourage your child to talk about it.
Introducing New Words
The more words children hear, the more they learn. If you use a variety of words in a variety of different contexts, children learn the function and meaning of words.
Reading with Your Child
Read books to your baby as much as possible. Start with simple books and go to books that are more complicated as your child grows older. Try to use a wide variety of books. The best scenario is when you can find books that relate to your child’s life. Find books that have interesting pictures because they stimulate conversation.
Read out loud to your child and point at each word as you say it. This helps your child learn words and plants the seeds for the development of reading skills.
Contact Your Nearest Cuddles Childcare Centre in the Perth area.
To learn more or to arrange for child care in the Perth area, contact your nearest Cuddles Childcare Centre.