The development of literacy skills in the early years involves encouragement of childrens communication skills children can express themselves and communicate through a variety of ways including verbal communication and non verbal communication. Language learning is a complex and multifaceted developmental milestone within early childhood it is deeply connected with culture identity and belonging understanding how very young children learn skills to communicate and form language is essential to supporting their development and future language learning skills. The term literacy is used by some to simply describe reading and writing but in fact literacy covers a much wider range of learning literacy in the early years includes talking about books print in the environment early mark making and writing as well as sharing books and reading. Supporting early childhood literacy is not just about reading to your child research has found there are many and varied ways to increase literacy in early learning how to encourage literacy in . With increasing numbers of children starting school with poor speech and communication skills it is essential that practitioners support young childrens language development in early years provisions early years staff play a key role in encouraging and supporting language acquisition as well as identifying any potential difficulties children may be experiencing writes elizabeth walker
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