• Model being a listener by listening to children and taking account of what they say in your responses to them.
  • Have conversations with children as part of everyday activities
  • Play alongside children and talk with them as part of playful encounters
  • Model and encourage language for thinking by using phrase such as I wonder…, What if…,  I have an idea.
  • Encourage repetition, rhythm and rhyme by using tone and intonation as you tell, recite or sing stories, poems and rhymes from books.
  • Be aware of and actively support the needs of children learning English as an additional language from a variety of cultures and ask parents to share their favourite stories, rhymes and songs in their home languages.