Everyday Learning about meaningful conversations with children


by Luke Touhill

Meaningful conversations with children looks at the ‘what’, ‘why’ and ‘how’ of meaningful conversations with children. It is written as a resource for parents, other family members and educators in early childhood programs. While the settings and relationships for each group are different and bring different opportunities, the basic principles are the same. These can be seen in the guidelines for educators – the Early Years Learning Framework and the for early childhood education and care.



Meaningful conversations with children is an invaluable resource that provides helpful assistance and practical ideas for educators, families and children. Topics covered include:

  • What is a meaningful conversation?
  • Conversations and language development
  • Conversations with babies
  • Making time
  • Routines as a place for conversations
  • Scaffolding children’s learning.

Author Luke Touhill brings over 20 years of experience working in early childhood and a wealth of knowledge to this publication.

About the Everyday Learning Series:

Early Childhood Australia’s Everyday Learning Series acknowledges that the most important early learning happens through day-to-day life experiences and provides ideas and strategies on ways educators and families can make the most of these experiences to support children’s development. By ‘making the ordinary, extraordinary’, the Everyday Learning Series is an invaluable resource for educators, students of early education, beginning practitioners, and families by assisting them in maximising young children’s play, exploration and discovery, and development within learning environments.

Subscribe to the Everyday Learning Series:

The Everyday Learning Series (EDL) is a 12 month, four-issue subscription. Subscribers also receive bonus online resources which may be shared with educators and families. Learn more here. 

ECA offers libraries and institutions a perpetual access fee. Please contact ECA directly on 1800 356 900 (free call) to obtain the licensing agreement or to order.

Additional information

Weight 0.09 kg
Dimensions 17.3 × 24.6 cm



Paperback, e-version

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