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Monday, 16 November 2015
A group of parents joined members of staff and their children at Bolton School’s Nursery to discuss Communication and Language Skills.
The playrooms were filled with fun and exciting activities for all ages, and parents enjoyed taking part in the different tasks with the children and sharing ideas with each other and with nursery staff. The parents also used this time to talk to the qualified and experienced practitioners and ask for advice on how they could promote communication and language skills with their children at home. The nursery staff gave ideas and shared knowledge relating to each individual child and parent.
Babies could also get involved by exploring the sensory tray, which was filled with a variety of animals. Nursery practitioners encouraged communication by making a variety of different animal names and sounds.
The Caterpillar team had set up a puppet play game, allowing children to be imaginative and creative. They encouraged children to take part by expressing different emotions using the puppets. Parents loved getting involved with the exciting visual aids and puppets.
A library had also been set up for parents so that they could borrow books and DVDs. The children enjoyed independently choosing the story they were most interested in to take home.
The Nursery staff had prepared a variety of different ‘story sacks’ for the parents to take home. Each one contains fun and exciting activities which promote communication and language for the children to enjoy with parents at home. For example, in one story sack is “The Little Red Hen and the Ear of Wheat”, which includes a fiction story book and non-fiction book, soft toys for role play, CD, game, props, and a parents’ guide and prompt. Practitioners spent time with parents introducing the story sacks and explaining how they could be used to promote communication skills.
The drop-in session was a huge success. As well as being lots of fun for both children and parents, the adults were also able to pick up lots of helpful tips and advice about helping their child to improve his or her language and communication skills in their early years.
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