Nurturing Interactions

Comprising 6-monthly interactive workshops and follow-up on site mentoring, Nurturing Relationships and Interactions is the communication and relationships component of SFL.

This programme is delivered by our Speech and Language Therapist and explores how the educator can nurture responsive and reciprocal relationships. Participants will learn how to use everyday conversations, play and daily routines to promote the communication and social development of all children, including those with language difficulties and those who are second-language learners. Nurturing Relationships and Interactions is grounded in the concepts of the evidenced based programme Hanen Learning Language and Loving It ™. Learning Language and Loving it™ is an evidence-based programme which provides early years educators with strategies to help all children build oral language, early literacy and social skills.

The Nurturing Relationships and Interactions workshops introduce and explore the following areas:

  • What is typical communication development from birth – 6 years of age
  • How to identify children’s conversational styles and the role teachers play in interactions.
  • How to implement six steps to following the child’s lead:  Observe, Wait and Listen, Be Face to Face, Imitate, Interpret, Comment, and Join in and Play
  • How to help children become better conversation partners by using appropriate questions, comments, and turn-taking cues.
  • How to use five important steps to ensure that no child is left out of the interaction during group activities.
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Participants attend:
  • Group training sessions with space for discussion and practice
  • On-site mentoring where they can practice the strategies with children in their settings and receive feedback from our Speech and Language Therapist.
Over time educators are supported to:
  • Promote every child’s language development through everyday activities, routines and play
  • Tune in to children’s interests so they can follow their lead, which is known to help language development
  • Change the way they talk to help children develop more advanced language skills
  • Promote interaction between children
  • Encourage early literacy skills

We know from research that responsive and cognitively stimulating interactions with adults are a key feature of quality in Early Childhood Care and Education.

“I found the course quite positive for me and the way I work with the children now. I feel I comment more now than questions all the time and have longer conversations with children.”

“It has made me more confident in interactions and has made me realise the importance of allowing the child to lead and understanding how to elaborate on the children’s interests.”

“Videos (are) a great tool for reflective practice.”

“Using comments has had a very positive effect. I am conscious now of extending the child’s vocabulary. I feel my self-confidence has improved and this has in turn improved my interactions with children.”

Please contact:
Leah Russell, SFL Coordinator (01) 877-1509