As teachers we have a responsibility to provide children with rich opportunities to talk.
Tizard and Hughes (1984) state that by the age of 3 or 4 dialogue is as important as physical exploration.
So how do we cultivate the best classroom conditions for talk in the early years?
Make the classroom environment relaxed and home like.
Have small enclosed areas sectioned off in the classroom for different types of playful engagement.
Drapes and soft furnishings to absorb background sounds.
Remove background sounds during play e.g cd players and bells
Have long periods for play
Give opportunities for collaborative learning in small groups.
Value pupils sharing of stories or news
Make use of real experiences like trips and outings