1st Edition

Communication for the Early Years A Holistic Approach

Edited By Julie Kent, Moira Moran Copyright 2019
    150 Pages
    by Routledge

    150 Pages
    by Routledge

    Speech, language, and communication are key to young children’s well-being and development. At a time when communication contexts and modalities are becoming increasingly complex and multifaceted, this key text considers how pedagogical approaches, environments, and interactions can be used to develop and harness the voice of the child in the early years.

    Communication for the Early Years takes a broad, ecological systems approach to communication to present theoretical approaches and principles which map a child’s communication experiences in the home, the early years setting, in the local community, through play, and engagement with digital media and the enabling environment, including the outdoor environment. Topics considered include:

    • the role played by pedagogical leadership in the development of an effective communication environment
    • aspects of the physical environment which encourage or inhibit communication
    • effective communication in and between settings
    • the importance of toys and resources
    • developments in digital communication and their impact on the child

    Chapters consider perspectives of the child, family, and practitioner to encourage a holistic and collaborative understanding of interaction and the role this plays in a child’s development, while case studies, examples from practice and reflective questions inspire discussion, challenge thinking, and encourage the application of research in practice.

    An in-depth exploration of the factors which impact on the development of a child’s communication skills, this will be key reading for students and practitioners in the Early Years, as well as those involved in their training and continued professional development.

    Preface – Julie Kent and Moira Moran

    About the Contributors

    Chapter 1: Introduction: a theoretical and ideological basis for the discussion of communication in the early years.

    Julie Kent

    Chapter 2: Let’s begin at the beginning…

    Dr Carole Ulanowsky

    Chapter 3: Creating a culture of communication

    Lorna Wardle and Tracie Manterfield

    Chapter 4: Communication and learning dispositions: a formula for success

    Sue Hobson and Caroline Farley

    Chapter 5: Communicating through the environment

    Catherine Gripton

    Chapter 6: How a child’s image is reflected and communicated through toys

    Sheine Peart

    Chapter 7: Supporting communication through the outdoor environment

    Moira Moran

    Chapter 8: The role of digital media in communication systems in early years settings

    Helen Cazaly

    Chapter 9: Collaborative practice in communication for the early years: the learning from a research project.

    Julie Kent and Sarah McDonald

    Chapter 10: Communicating children’s perspectives

    Catherine Gripton

    Chapter 11: conclusions

    Moira Moran


    Julie Kent is Senior Lecturer and Course Leader of the BA (Hons) Childhood Studies Degree at Nottingham Trent University, UK.

    Moira Moran was formerly Senior Lecturer on the EYITT PGCE, as well as on the BA (Hons) Childhood Studies Degree at Nottingham Trent University, UK.