• Set up shared experiences that children can reflect upon, e.g. visits, cooking, or stories that can be re-enacted.
  • Help children to predict and order events coherently, by providing props and materials that encourage children to re-enact, using talk and action
  • Find out from parents how children make themselves understood at home; confirm which their preferred language other modes of communication are.
  • Tune into children’s preferred modes of communication – perhaps direct questions feel confronting but shared making or an exchange of funny expressions or gestures creates a connection more effectively.
  • Provide practical experiences that encourage children to ask and respond to questions, e.g. explaining pulleys or wet and dry sand.
  • Alongside books, introduce story props, such as pictures, puppets and objects, to encourage children to retell stories and to think about how the characters feel.
  • Displays can connect experiences across places or provide reminders of previous trips, events or seasons, for example.
  • Set up displays that are interactive so children can touch, pick up etc and talk about/reflect on their experiences
  • Provide for, initiate and join in imaginative play and role-play or real life storytelling encouraging children to talk about what is happening and to act out the scenarios in character.