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Episode 7: Creating language-rich opportunities with Simon Airey

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In episode 7 of the TTS Talking Early Years Podcast, Alice Sharp is joined by Simon Airey to explore how a play-based approach to learning in the Early Years enriches and extends a child’s vocabulary.


Simon and Alice touch on the impact the pandemic has had on children’s language
and that there is a greater need for additional support in settings across the UK and internationally. Sharing their own experiences of developing children’s language through play-based learning, Alice and Simon suggest practical and inspiring ways to support children’s language development and why tuning into the children’s own individual and additional needs is so vital when engaging children in role-play scenarios.

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