Key Factors to a Supportive Environment

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Key factors that support speech, language and communication environment:

1. Your room/setting layout - what does your physical environment look like?

The noise level - are there quieter and noisier areas, planned times or activities.

Evidence: There are two main rooms that are in use during morning and afternoon sessions, the classroom and larger hall area. The classroom has a book corner with a child's size couch and soft cushions on the floor. This area is ideally for quiet time and reading. The rest of the classroom and large hall allows for noisy and more social activities. Throughout the day there are planned adult lead activities, circle times, outdoor play, snack bar and lunch club. Which work on a rota based system.
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We also have a weekly policy quiz, with a different quiz selected each week for staff to read through and then be tested on. 4. Parent & carer involvement -

Evidence: The Pre-school welcomes parent and carer involvement within and outside of the setting, especially during the festive period. We often have parent helpers for the day that provide us with an extra pare of hands. The pre-school also recently held a fundraising event at the local community center, where we saw an overabundance of support from parents/carers.

How does the setting engage with parents to share activity ideas, rhymes, resources, books, event dates, news, parent's language needs, knowledge & expertise

Evidence: Each week parents and staff receive the 'weekly update sheet' via email, which provides information on the up and coming week. This information consists of the theme of the week, number, letter sound and shape, story focus, our star of the week (child), important dates, resources needed for any activities planned, how they can support their child and a photo gallery of what their children have been up to in the previous week.

5. Language itself -

Identify the types of language/methods of communication used in the setting; facial, body, creative, expressive and behavioral.

Evidence: At the entrance to the classroom there is a mood board on the wall with the phase 'how do you feel today'. The board displays a variety of facial
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