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Communication with young children

Interacting with and providing stimulating environments for young children helps to put in place the building blocks for their growth and development. Communication is crucial to speech and language development as is early reading to children and encouraging their engagement with books and reading.

Resources such as the Play, Talk, Read website and the Play@Home pilot programme are useful tools for supporting parents to interact and communicate with their child and increase an awareness of developmental milestones and skills. 

Reading, literacy and Curriculum for Education

Reading with young children promotes communication and language development and supports learning in the school environment as well as at home. It lays important foundations for literacy and performance in later school settings and into adulthood.

Literacy experiences and outcomes within Curriculum for Excellence are a core responsibility of all practitioners and are applicable across all learning. Children develop and extend their literacy skills when they have opportunities to:

  • communicate, collaborate and build relationships
  • reflect on and explain their literacy and thinking skills
  • engage with and create a wide range of texts in different media, taking advantage of the opportunities offered by information and communication technologies (ICT)
  • develop their understanding of what is special, vibrant and valuable about their own and other cultures and languages
  • explore the richness and diversity of language
  • extend and enrich vocabulary through listening, talking, watching and reading.

For further information visit Education Scotland Curriculum for Excellence – Literacy across learning.