12. Communication

Overview

Communication is vital in any ECEC setting:

Wyse, D., Jones, R., Bradford, H., and Wolpert, M. A. (2013) Teaching English, language and literacy (3rd edition), London: Routledge.

Wyse, D., and Bradford, H. (2008) ‘Speaking and Listening’ in Whitebread D. and Coltman P. (Eds.) Teaching and Learning in the Early Years (3rd edition), London: Routledge.

Massey, S. L. (2004) 'Teacher-child Conversation in the Pre-school Classroom’, Early Childhood Education Journal, 31 (4)

 Bruner, J. S. (1983) Child’s talk: learning to use language, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

 Wells, G. (1986) The Meaning Makers: Children Learning Language and Using Language to Learn, London: Hodder and Stoughton.

Kuhl, P. (2004) ‘Early language acquisition: cracking the speech code’, Neuroscience 5, p.831-843.

For practical support on developing communication in your setting see:

Bradford, H. (2009) Communication, Language and Literacy in the Early Years Foundation Stage, London: Routledge. 

Cooper J. (2010) The Early Years Communication Handbook: A Practical Guide to Creating a Communication Friendly Setting, London: Practical Pre-school Books.