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Communication, Language and Literacy from Birth to Five by Avril Brock, Carolynn Rankin

Communication, Language and Literacy from Birth to Five



Communication, Language and Literacy from Birth to Five by Avril Brock, Carolynn Rankin

With the introduction of the new Early Years Foundation Stage in 2008, practitioners need to be able to meet the needs of all young children in the six areas of learning - one of which is communication, language and literacy. This book helps the reader develop their knowledge, skills and practice in encouraging and promoting communication, language and literacy for babies and young children. It includes: - activities, examples, case studies and ideas from actual practice - guidance on how to meet children's diverse needs in an inclusive environment - advice on involving parents in their children's learning - resources, useful websites and suggestions for further reading This book is a must-read for anyone working with children from birth to five.


'So much is packed into a book of only 128 pages, yet the reader does not feel pressurised. What is suggested is imaginative, yet the suggestions are feasible in most early years settings' - Literacy

'This book provides basic information on language and literacy learning in a clear, easy-to-read format. The book includes learning objectives and a summary of key points for each chapter, as well as case studies, a glossary, questions for reflection, web links and further readings, meaning that it would make a useful text for early childhood courses. The practical examples and clear text would also be helpful for educators in birth-to-five settings wanting to strengthen their language and literacy programne. The book would also appeal to many parents looking for ways to support language and literacy learning at home' - Early Years

'This is an attractive, easy-to-handle, easy-to-read, book...One idea I shall definitely be using is the extended vocabulary lists for various learning areas' - The National Childminding Association

'This is a useful and accessible book for students at all levels as well as for established early years practitioners and setting managers. It provides a clear context and theoretical underpinning knowledge on which to base strategies for supporting the development of young children's language and communication skills from birth onwards' - Early Years Update

'This book sets the scene for supporting language and literacy development in early years settings with a wide range of suggestions and advice, case studies and examples' - Janet Kay, Principal Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, Sheffield Hallam University

'A delightful and reader-friendly publication for students of early education to learn basic concepts in language acquisition and literacy, this book offer a plethora of ideas for teaching and assessment of language development while displaying a sensitivity to teaching a diverse population of young children. A wealth of information about how books, storytelling, drama and the arts enhance children's language and literacy skills is shared throughout the text'

- Professor Louise Swiniarski, Education Department, Salem State College, MA, USA

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Publication date

8th April 2008


Avril Brock, Carolynn Rankin

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SAGE Publications Inc


144 pages


Pre-school & kindergarten



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