29th February 2024 Early Years Foundation Stage All Posts

EYFS Updates: Supporting Language Development in Early Years Education

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In a recent webinar with The Childcare Guru, Jamie, an important update regarding the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) guidance was discussed, which holds significance for all early years group providers.

In the early years sector, being aware of EYFS updates and shifts in guidance is imperative for providing optimal support to children and families. In this blog post, our focus will be on the revisions made to the EYFS framework concerning the support of children speaking English as an additional language.

Changes to the EYFS when supporting English as an additional language

The noteworthy change revolves around a subtle yet impactful shift from “must” to “may” concerning the support of children whose home language is not English. The updated guideline underscores the importance of providers taking reasonable steps to encourage children to develop and use their home language in play and learning, fostering language development at home.

How can Connect Childcare help?

At Connect Childcare, we are committed to supporting you in seamlessly integrating this change into your practices. We understand the critical role effective communication plays in facilitating learning and development, both within the setting and at home. That’s why our platform is designed to enhance communication with parents, enabling them to actively participate in their child’s learning journey.

Our user-friendly iConnect app provides a seamless way for you to send updates and engaging activity ideas directly to parents. This promotes a collaborative approach to supporting children’s learning, as parents can reinforce concepts and activities introduced in the setting within the comfort of their home environment. 

iConnect enables practitioners to share detailed development progress reports with parents, spotlighting their child’s achievements and areas for growth. This enables parents to understand how they can contribute to their child’s development within their home environment. By facilitating communication between providers and parents, we aim to create a holistic support system that nurtures every aspect of a child’s development.

Taking parent partnership to the level

Collaborating with parents has never been more straightforward. Parents can actively participate in their child’s learning journey by creating updates, observations, and feedback from home, fostering a collaborative partnership between home and the early years setting. This empowers practitioners to actively collaborate with parents in achieving a shared goal of enhancing their children’s learning and development.

Our platform, ParentZone, hosts a dedicated hub for parents called ParentHub. Here, parents can access free resources, articles, and tips on parenting and child development, enhancing parents’ knowledge and supporting their role in their child’s learning and development.

We firmly believe that effective communication between providers and parents is pivotal for holistic child development. If you’re interested in exploring how Connect Childcare can enhance communication strategies in your setting, we invite you to book a demo. Alternatively, if you prefer to speak with a member of our knowledgeable sales team beforehand, please feel free to schedule a brief 10-minute phone call.

Let’s embrace the changes to the EYFS guidance and continue to cultivate supportive environments where every child can learn and develop under the guidance of early years educators.

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