• Use gestures and facial expression to help show your meaning.
  • Be aware that young children’s understanding is much greater than their ability to express their thoughts and ideas. For example, a child may be able to go and hang their coat up when asked but say only coat up to explain what they did.
  • Recognise young children’s competence and appreciate their efforts when they show their understanding of new words and phrases (Yes, that is a little flower).
  • Use language appropriate to the child’s level of understanding.
  • Stay with the child while they play, taking time to watch their movements and react to their initiations and adding words to describe what the child is doing.