Speech and language development are the most common developmental difficulty that occur in children. The good news however is that there are plenty of simple tactics which can help with this.

Studies show that children who are read and spoken to a great deal during their early years, go on to have larger vocabularies and better grammar than those who aren’t. With that in mind, below we share some great ways you can support your children’s development.

Talk to them

Simple communication is one of the most effective ways to improve your child’s vocabulary. Narrate everything to them throughout the day from taking them through bath time and what you’re feeding them to the animals you pass on the way to the park and what you’re going to do together at the weekend.

Read to them

It’s never too early to start reading to your child and books will help to extend their vocabulary beyond the normal everyday words you use. The amount of time parents spend reading with their child is in fact a good predictor of future reading success. While your child is bound to have a favourite story, try to mix things up so they can hear as many different words as possible.

Learn nursery rhymes

Singing nursery rhymes are a super fun way to boost learning and development. Because of the rhythm and rhyme, they can really help:

- Develop language and literacy skills because they’re being introduced to new words

- Improve memory. Most of us still remember the words to songs we used to sing at school

- Boost communication skills as kids join in singing fun with other children

- Enhance physical development. When actions are linked to words, it helps boost motor skills as well as improve rhythm and movement

- Develop cognitive skills. As well as improving memory, singing can also boost concentration, thinking skills and even spatial intelligence

- It has been found that playing and listening to music before the age of seven has a significant impact on the parts of the brain related to planning and motor skills

For some traditional nursery rhyme lyrics visit: https://www.emmasdiary.co.uk/baby/lets-play/nursery-rhymes

Picture art

Cut out pictures or buy cards with images on them and ask your child to tell you what they are. When they get a bit older, you can do the same with words so they learn to recognise different vocabulary and how its spelt.

Use labels

Another great way to introduce children to new words and familiarise them with how they’re spelt, is to put labels on things they’re likely to encounter around the home. You can also ask them questions such as ‘where is the television?’ or ‘what noise do dogs make’ to encourage them to practice their speech.

At Tiger’s Day Nurseries, we do everything we can to support your child’s speech and language development. We play games and sing songs to introduce new words in a way which is fun and enjoyable but also educational.

For further information, head to our downloads where you will be able to find ‘essential talking tips’ and our learning and development policy. You can also visit the BBC website for further information and details of their CBeebies Storytime app: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/making-time-for-books-at-home