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Why do children need to chatter? The art of conversation and the development of children’s talking and thinking

Young children are very capable and competent conversationalists using a range of ways to communicate not just through the spoken word. As Loris Malaguzzi says they have ‘One Hundred Languages’. Children’s conversations are a reflection of who they are, what interests them and their thinking. We need to spend more time listening to children’s conversations and encouraging the deep thinking, reasoning and problem solving that emerges from their chatter.

The focus of the day is to think about:

  • Why children need to chat - conversational talk is crucial to children’s development and learning
  • The relationship between talking, thinking and learning
  • How practitioners can support children’s talking, thinking and learning
  • How this relates to child initiated learning and sustained shared thinking…
  • the quality of the learning environment inside and outside can support children’s interactions
  • building our thinking, knowledge and practice through reflecting on how we support young children’s conversational interactions
  • the ways in which we can lead good practice, inspire others and action plan to make things happen

This course is for all practitioners, teachers and parents who want to know more about how their child’s language develops.

Trainer: Di Chilvers

To book this course, please complete our booking enquiry form

Early childhood communication
language, communication and thinking