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Support for communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development.

Please note, the Every Child a Talker and Every Child a Mover Assessment tool documents are currently under review and therefore currently unavailable to download.

An email will be sent out when the revised documents are available.

These three areas of learning are vitally important for building a foundation for future learning.

Through high quality learning experiences and supportive adult:child interactions you will be igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, enabling them to form positive relationships and supporting them to thrive both physically and mentally.

Communication and language

A portion of children are arriving in EYFS provision with underdeveloped communication and language skills or specific needs.  The government continues to recognise this issue and has increased the emphasis within the EYFS reforms on supporting children to develop these essential life skills.

Whether you are new to the profession or more experienced and wanting a refresher, Derbyshire Early Years Service free self-guided learning package: ‘Early Years Communication and Language: A practitioner’s guide to providing children with the best start for communication and language’, available via Eventbrite, will guide you through key features and strategies to enhance, enrich and support communication and language at a universal level. 

If you are concerned about a child’s language development the previously mentioned learning package will help you to provide the best learning environment and interactions.

You may also wish to use the Child Monitoring Tool to make a more detailed assessment of the child’s needs and three documents are available to download. Training is also available.

Also of help are the Universally Speaking materials available on the ICAN website.

Personal, social and emotional development

Children’s personal, social and emotional development (PSED) is crucial for children to lead healthy and happy lives, and is fundamental to their cognitive development. Underpinning their personal development are the important attachments that shape their social world. Strong, warm and supportive relationships with adults enable children to learn how to understand their own feelings and those of others.

(Department for Education: Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage)

Physical development

Is physical development of ‘prime’ importance in your setting?

Being well-developed physically has countless benefits for children. In addition to influencing their lifelong health and fitness, physical development is also a necessary part of cognitive development as well supporting good mental health.

Motor skills in early childhood are significant predictors of achievement in reading and mathematics in primary school. Did you know that 91% of children aged 2-4 years do not meet the Chief Medical Officer's physical activity recommendations?

Some children are always spinning or rocking whilst others struggle to sit still. There are children with poor fine motor development who find mark making/writing difficult. Would you like to get to know and understand children’s movements better and improve the outcomes for these children?

Every Child a Mover (ECaM) is a Derbyshire Physical Development support programme that will enable children to be physically ready, eager and able to learn. It consists of a number of elements and complimentary support tools, including the Physical Development Monitoring Tool (PDMT) which helps you to identify children at risk of delay.

Further information and the free ECaM Toolkit are available to download from this page.

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