Breakfast news today has raised the question of the need for a qualified language acquisition specialist in every nursery as a means of addressing poor language development at an early stage.
I can see the point, but also think much more needs to be done to support new parents at ante-natal and post-natal stages to realise that interacting with and talking to their babies from birth is the point where it all starts.
Memorably, when one young mum was asked to come in and discuss her child's language development with his reception teacher , she commented 'Well 'e don't talk to me so I don't talk to 'im'. This extreme ignorance might be laughable if it weren't so sad.
I want to shout 'It's not rocket science - simply talk, interact, show, play tell ... ', and nurseries should not have to compensate for poor parenting, but unfortunately - or perhaps fortunately they do.
I think a specialist who can promote language-play and identify delays and impediments at an early age is a good idea - not sure they have to be qualified teachers to manage this, but I think it is good that the needs are being identified.
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