This conference will explore how children’s language develops from birth and how practitioners can extend and develop this through the relationships they build, through the environment they construct and through timely, sensitive and respectful interactions.
We know that closing the vocabulary gap is more than introducing new words in isolation. We also know that attention and listening skills are important aspects of this and that communication and language along with the other two prime areas of the EYFS are time sensitive, unlike the specific areas of learning.
This conference will support you to reflect on your practice and consider how you co-construct a language rich culture with your children, their families and your community. The conference will link current research and theory to your practice in an accessible way, and emphasise the co-dependency of language, attunement and self-regulation.
Individual keynote speeches will be available for set time period after the conference (subject to terms and conditions).