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Teaching young children to develop their communication skills

Ofsted good practice example showing how childminder Nicola Phillips improves children’s communication and language development.

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This good practice example shows how childminder Nicola Phillips improves children’s communication and language development. She teaches children through play-based activities that are rooted in their interests and learning needs. She makes sure that children’s experiences provide a healthy mix of education and fun.

Her teaching is based on solid assessment of what each child can do so that learning opportunities are wholly suited to each child. As a result, children do exceptionally well in her care.

This is part of a set of 8 Ofsted good practice examples showcasing good practice in early years to support the report: ‘Teaching and play in the early years – a balancing act?’.

Published 13 July 2015