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Supporting EAL in the Early Years
Thursday, March 2, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Bridging the Gap: supporting children and families learning English as an additional language, led by Julie Cigman Early Years Consultant
Aim: to develop an understanding of how children learning EAL can be supported in the EYFS
During the afternoon we will:
- Consider how you can help children with EAL to bridge the language and cultural gap between home and the early years setting
- Explore the importance of maintaining the child’s first language
- Share ideas and resources to help children learning EAL to develop spoken English
and access the EYFS curriculum
1: The child in the context of their family and culture
2: Maintaining the child’s first language and learning EAL
3: Observation / assessment / next steps
4: Reflection: what next?
Julie Cigman is an independent Early Years consultant and author. She has taught in maintained Nursery Schools in Oxford and throughout the Primary age range.
She spend a number of years as Early Years lead for a PGCE SCITT based at Oxford Brookes University before working as an advisory teacher with Oxfordshire County Council. In this later role, she took a countywide lead on Equalities and
She now works as an independent Early Years consultant and author. She has written well-received books on supporting boys’ learning and development and early writing, and she created and has led early writing projects in over 300 schools and Early Years settings.