The State of Education 2016 survey found that in a third of primary schools more than half of new pupils are below the expected level of school readiness. Delayed speech was identified by 78% of school leaders as one of the most common reasons for this, alongside social skills and lack of resilience. You can read the report here.
At Clickety we believe effective communication skills are crucial, especially when a child is starting school. Anne Ayre, Speech and Language Therapist, was invited to write a guest article for PACEY's 'School Ready' feature in their Summer 2015 Childcare Professional magazine. 'Hands up who wants to talk school' is full of tips and ideas to help you boost children's speech and language skills to prepare them for school. You can read the article here.
Early years professionals play a crucial role in developing children's speech and language. One of the most important things you can do to help children be ready to start school is to boost their communication skills. You can provide children with a rich language environment in your setting and also provide guidance to parents to help families develop a language rich environment at home.
The summer is a great time to try out some fun speech and language activities outdoors. We hope you enjoy developing children's communication skills!