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Why do children need to chatter? The art of serve and return 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 serve and return talk is fundamental to children’s early development and provides the foundations for later learning.  We will look at significant research  which underpins the development of children’s early language and literacy
  • 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  serve and return 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, leaders/ managers and parents who want to know more about how their child’s communication and language develops.

Other related training includes:

  • ‘Serve and Return’: Quality interactions to support children’s sustained shared thinking
  • ‘Talking for Thinking - listening to children’
  • What is Sustained Shared Thinking?  Breaking it down

Trainer: Di Chilvers

To book this course, please complete our booking enquiry form

Topic: 
Early childhood communication
language, communication and thinking