Analyse how the use of technology supports the development of speech, language and communication

Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 3.10: Develop the speech, language and communication of children
Learning outcome: Understand how the Early Years practitioner supports the development of speech, language and communication of children
Assessment criteria: Analyse how the use of technology supports the development of speech, language and communication


Technology has revolutionized the way we communicate, learn, and interact with one another. It is not surprising that its effects are seen in even the earliest stages of development—including in early years speech, language, and communication. In this blog post we will explore how technology can provide a powerful tool for early years education.

Technology’s Role in Speech and Language Development

The use of technology can be incredibly beneficial to developing speech, language, and communication skills. It can give young children access to activities such as interactive story books which may help them develop their reading comprehension skills. Additionally, technologies like iPads or tablets have applications that allow children to practice their letters or numbers by having them trace over letter shapes with their finger or answer questions about basic facts. This type of activity encourages fine motor skills as well as cognitive development. Furthermore, technology provides an easy way for parents to connect with their child from a distance if they are unable to be physically present; applications like Skype allow parents to read stories together or engage in other activities while separated by distance.


Technology also provides teachers with more resources than ever before when it comes to teaching speech, language, and communication skills. There are countless applications available on various platforms such as iPads that are designed specifically for teaching these skills that could supplement traditional instruction in the classroom. For example, there is an app called “Speech Tutor” which allows children to practice articulation exercises using pictures of objects or animals as prompts. There are also many online tools such as online dictionaries or interactive websites that focus on word recognition and meaning which could be used in the classroom setting.

Finally, technology can help build confidence among young children who may find it difficult to express themselves verbally due to shyness or lack of confidence in their abilities. Applications such as Puppet Pals allow children to create videos starring digital characters which they can then share with family members or friends either through email or social media sites such as YouTube. Through creating these videos they can gain more confidence when speaking in public settings because they have been able to practice expressing themselves through digital means first.



In summary, technology has become an increasingly important part of our lives—especially when it comes to early childhood education. By providing resources for both parents and teachers alike it is easier than ever before for children to develop the necessary speech, language, and communication skills required for success later on in life. Technology has made learning fun and engaging for budding young minds – making it a powerful tool for all involved!

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