Languages

Learning language is a child’s play

We emphasize the importance of children developing a rich and varied spoken language, vocabulary and concepts, as well as their ability to play with words, tell, express ideas, ask questions and communicate with others. We want to contribute to the child’s strong ties to his / her native language and culture and we are working to create positive attitudes towards linguistic and cultural diversity. The preschool contributes to giving children, with a first language other than Swedish, the opportunity to both develop the Swedish language and their other languages. Native language in addition to French, Swedish and English are offered to those who wish if we have staff who speak the language; in the form of play-group, story time, or listening to / singing songs. Swedish, French and English are spoken daily with the children in the respective departments, and we place great emphasis on the children learning and developing the Swedish language in accordance with the Language Act (2009: 600). Each educator sticks to one language and there are 1-2 Swedish-speaking teachers in each team.

Multilingualism

Supporting the child with their native language as early as possible is important because early language stimulation is very important regardless of which language it involves. It is important for the child’s use of its native language not to be interrupted when it starts attending preschool. Language development is a lifelong process that begins even before birth. Language development in children less than four years is intense. Therefore, this time in the lives of children is especially beneficial when it comes to linguistic stimulus. Young children can and want to develop their language and need to experience rich language surroundings early on. Children’s multi-language development requires conscious efforts of all adults in the children’s lives. We start therefore with a language-mapping when you start at the preschool, focusing on;

– Where, when and with whom the child is using their different languages. How is the language used in the family?

– To know the parents’ thoughts and wishes about the child’s language development

We encourage parents to use their mother tongue with their children. The mother tongue is the base for the child to learn Swedish easier. Development of a language is no barrier to another language development. Research has shown that on the contrary, a well-developed native language facilitates the learning of additional languages. The staff always uses the same language with the children. Our multilingual teachers’ skills are utilized and valued at our preschool. The teachers try to learn some words and concepts from all languages that exist in the children’s groups. This signals an acceptance of other languages than Swedish. Through an including view of the great mixture of languages spoken at preschool we reduce the hierarchical division into us and them.

We emphasize the importance of children developing a rich and varied spoken language, vocabulary and concepts, as well as their ability to play with words, tell, express ideas, ask questions and communicate with others. We want to contribute to the child’s strong ties to his / her native language and culture and we are working to create positive attitudes towards linguistic and cultural diversity. The preschool contributes to giving children, with a first language other than Swedish, the opportunity to both develop the Swedish language and their other languages. Native language in addition to French, Swedish and English are offered to those who wish if we have staff who speak the language; in the form of play-group, story time, or listening to / singing songs. Swedish, French and English are spoken daily with the children in the respective departments, and we place great emphasis on the children learning and developing the Swedish language in accordance with the Language Act (2009: 600). Each educator sticks to one language and there are 1-2 Swedish-speaking teachers in each team.