Communication is an important tool right from birth, and is at the heart of human interaction. At Kangaroo Pouch we give your children the tools to develop this important skill through engaging activities and excellent resources. You will see you child develop from babbling as a baby to using language and understanding vocabulary as a school-ready child.

C&L is broken down into 3 aspects:

·         Listening and Attention:

§  As a baby your child will listen to familiar sounds and words. As they grow this will develop into enjoying rhymes and stories. Eventually your child will be able to have conversations and maintain attention.

§  We plan a variety of activities to develop this skill. We sing songs and rhymes in everyday activities, we talk about the different sounds we hear and we encourage children to share their experiences.

§  Most importantly our practitioners will give you children opportunities to speak and listen. Displaying model behaviour will help develop these skills in your child.


·         Understanding:

§  At Kangaroo Pouch your child's understanding of language will develop leaps and bounds. You child will go from understanding of sounds and gestures, to understanding stories, humour, conversation and instructions.

§  We help develop this skill in a variety of ways; using actions with words, repetition of words, providing opportunities for child to talk with each other and to adults about what they see, think and hear.

§  We will use a variety of resources to encourage imaginative play, such as books, props, puppets, our dress-up area and home area to. This will help children develop an understanding of every day experiences.


·         Speaking:

§  Our practitioners will help build your child's spoken vocabulary using a variety of activities involving your child verbally expressing ideas.

§  Children will be encouraged to talk about events and activities to help develop their ability to form sentences.

§  Children will be introduced to new words through play and activities and will learn correct pronunciation.

§  Our staff will often follow your child's lead and talk about what they are interested in.



Helping your child develop their communication and language

0-11 months:

·       Play ‘peek a boo’ games with your child.

·       Sing a song or nursery rhyme when hugging or rocking your child.

·       Copy your child sounds and babbling.


8-20 months:

·       Share bed time stories with your child to help develop listening and attention.

·       As you sing your child songs, hold their hands to help them make the actions involved in the song.

·       Tell your child the names of things as they pick them up.


16-26 months:

·       Talk to your child about the sounds they hear when out and about.

·       Play games where your child must follow instructions to help develop listening and understanding.

·       Give your child choices about what they can have to eat.


22-36 months:

·       Use sock puppets or teddies when sharing a story or song with your child.

·       When make food, let your child know what you are doing so they can develop an understanding of everyday tasks.

·       Use new words to describe your child playing to help develop vocabulary.


30-50 months:

·       Play listening games with your child, such as ‘Simon Says’.

·       Talk to you child about places you visited or activities you have done together.

·       When your child is helping you with tasks such as preparing food or tidying up, keep asking your child questions about what you are doing to help them develop an understanding.


40-60 months:

·       Play treasure hunt games and other games where you child must follow instructions to improve their listening and attention skills.

·       Ask you child why something has happened or what they think will happen when reading them a story.

·       Play ‘I spy’ with your child and make up rhymes with your child to help develop speaking.