EYFS Communication and Language

Communication and Language (CL)  is one of the three prime areas within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Each prime area is divided into early learning goals, for communication and language these are:

Listening and attention – these skills support language learning and include the ability to discriminate sounds and maintain and monitor attention in a shared context

Understanding – young children gradually develop the ability to understand words in context, respond to instructions and ask and answer questions in more detail.

Speaking – this allows children to express their feelings, needs and wants, their thoughts and ideas and be able to talk about what has happened and about creative or imaginative events