TIC stands for Together in Communication and is designed to help practitioners create a developmentally appropriate, supportive and stimulating environment in which children can enjoy experimenting with and learning language. At Thames Tiddlers Nursery we have a TIC Leader Karly Cooper who has a lot of experience this area. Karly is also the lead of the toddler room and the TIC links in very nicely with this room. Thames Tiddlers Nursery is part of the TIC hub where we visit and invite others to visit out setting who practise Together in Communication.
Monitoring Children’s Progress
A crucial element of the TIC programme is the monitoring of children’s progress against typical stages of speech, language and communication development in 4 key aspects:
Practitioners in TIC settings have been using a range of tools to reflect on current practice.
Unique Child: enables practitioners to consider what opportunities are available to encourage children’s talk
Positive Relationships: encourages practitioners to carry out and reflect on peer observations regarding adult : child interaction
Enabling Environments: support practitioners to create a communication friendly environment
Learning and Development: considers strategies and routines to ensure children are offered the best opportunities to talk