Early Childhood

Conceptual framework and practical materials

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Abb.: Supporting Early Language Acquisition: A Conceptual Framework

The Department of Educationof the Canton of Zurich aims to support early language acquisition in youngchildren up to age 4 in all important settings of their lives - in the family, family daycare, daycare centers, and playgroups. It bases its work in this area on «Supporting Early Language Acquisition: A Conceptual Framework for Improving Language Education in the Early Years», authored by the University of Teacher Education Thurgau PHTG Switzerland and the Marie Meierhofer Children's Institute. It provides a basic understanding of early language acquisition and presents supporting research evidence, six central guidelines, and specific characteristics of successful early language acquisition. «Supporting Early Language Acquisition: A Conceptual Framework» is based on the educational concept in Orientierungsrahmen für frühkindliche Bildung, Betreuung und Erziehung in der Schweiz [Orientation framework for early childhood education and care in Switzerland].

Everyday language education

Early language education works best when it is incorporated into everyday life, making use of opportunities presented in the child’s immediate natural and social world. The six guidelines for early language education highlight in concrete terms how adults can support children attentively and promote their language development in daily life - whether the children are growing up with one language or several, and whether they spend their day at home or in daycare outside the family.

Reference work for professionals and practice materials

Abb.: Supporting Early Language Acquisition: A Practical Guide
Abb.: Supporting Early Language Acquisition: A Practical Guide

«Supporting Early Language Acquisition: A Conceptual Framework» is intended for experts and decision makers in the field of early childhood. It aims to contribute a common understanding of early language education and provides the basis for diverse further materials:

«Supporting Early Language Acquisition: A Practical Guide»: The Practical Guide offers education professionals and other interested persons tips for putting the six guidelines into practice, with illustrative examples. It is suitable, among other things, for education/training and continuing education and for the further development of whole teams.

Abb.: Early Language Acquistion: Flyer for professionals
Abb.: Early Language Acquistion: Flyer for professionals

Flyers on «Early Language Acquistion»: Flyers are available for parents, professionals, and municipalities. They present the key messages from «Supporting Early Language Acquisition: A Conceptual Framework» as well as further target group-specific information on early language education.

Ordering: Printed copies of «Supporting Early Language Acquisition: A Conceptual Framework» and «Supporting Early Language Acquisition: A Practical Guide» can be ordered by e-mail from bildungsplanung@bi.zh.ch bestellt werden.

The flyer for professionals (in German), the flyer for parents (in eight languages), and the flyer for municipalities (in German) are available for download as PDF files at: www. children-4.ch

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Natali Pesic