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English as an Additional Language (EAL)

There are increasing numbers of children entering EYFS settings for whom English is not the dominant language in the home. For growing numbers of settings providing care and learning opportunities for children and families new to English, or at various stages of proficiency, is a new experience. “A pupil’s first language is defined as any language other than English that a child was exposed to during early development and continues to be exposed to in the home or community. If a child was exposed to more than one language (which may include English) during early development, a language other than English should be recorded - irrespective of the child’s proficiency in English.” (Department for Education).

The following materials will support Early Years Providers in meeting the needs of children and their families.

Resources to support Early Years practice

Considerations for Children in Early Years of Learning English as an Additional Language (GOSH)- a useful document to support practitioners in gaining an awareness of children’s language input and tips and pointers on when to be concerned.

Learning EAL in the Early Years: Child Observation

The Literacy Trust: Quick Tips - Downloadable resource sheets available in 17 languages for parents and practitioners to help children develop good talking and listening skills.

Language of the Month - Newbury Park School initiative for promoting interest in one another’s languages. A school based resource that includes links to useful websites for information and resources

Further information and examples of good practice

Primary National Strategy - Supporting Children Learning English as a Second Language: Guidance for Practitioners

Helping children and families use English as an Additional Language - An Ofsted good practice example showing how Ravensthorpe Community Childcare helps children and families with English as an Additional Language.

The Learning Exchange - Family Action’s network for schools and childcare providers in England provides information, resources and case studies on supporting children and families with EAL.

Lincolnshire Ethnic Minority and Traveller Education Team

National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC) - Supporting Bilingual Children in the Early Years

Bookstart can provide dual language books as part of their Bookstart Treasure Gifts for Early Years. Contact the Lincolnshire Bookstart Team by emailing bookstart@gll.org or telephone 01522 550352 for further information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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