Young children will understand more than they can express themselves. They may be able to follow simple instructions (especially if they are accompanied by a gesture for example pointing), such as “give mummy a kiss” or “fetch your teddy” long before they can actually use sentences. They learn new words initially names of objects and important people by listening carefully and copying. Many words which have unstressed syllables such as important and computer are learnt as portant and puter because these are the sounds that they are able to hear easily. The developmental level of the individual child’s understanding will vary in every group. Practitioners might need to simplify their language and use gestures or signs to help children who are struggling to understand what is said. You can check whether a child or young person understands what is been communicated by asking them to go and fetch you something and if they can do it then they understand what you are asking them for and what you are saying to them.
3.1 Support children and young people to communicate effectively with others.
There are many advantages in involving children and young people in the organisation of the setting.
Services are appropriate for their needs insights gained from children will help adults work more effectively, it can also help to ensure that the services provided are relevant to children’s needs.
Taking into account the needs of others children who learn to express their own needs will also learn to consider the needs of others. They might develop skills of co-operation, negotiation and problem-solving.
Respect and understanding, children, parents and carers will often work together. This can make relationships stronger and promote greater