Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 37, Issue 5, pp 371–379 | Cite as

Early Childhood Educators’ Use of Language-Support Practices with 4-Year-Old Children in Child Care Centers

  • Caroline BouchardEmail author
  • Nathalie Bigras
  • Gilles Cantin
  • Sylvain Coutu
  • Bénédicte Blain-Brière
  • Joell Eryasa
  • Annie Charron
  • Liesette Brunson


The importance of encouraging language skills in early childhood has been well documented. Educators who are responsible for children in daycare services have many opportunities to use rich and stimulating educational practices that support language acquisition. The purpose of this study was to assess the language-support practices used by 22 educators in ECE centers with 174 children (87 girls and 87 boys) aged 55.7 months on average (SD = 4.2). The Teacher Interaction and Language Rating Scale developed by Girolametto et al. (Teacher interaction and language rating scale, Hanen Centre, Toronto, 2000) was translated and adapted for use in French. Analyses reveal the heterogeneity of language support provided to 4-year-old children attending early childhood education centers in Québec (Canada). Results are discussed in relation to the importance of the educational setting and specific training on language skill development provided to educators around promoting language skills in children, a fundamental prerequisite for educational success.


Early childhood education Child care Daycare services Language-support practices, interaction and language 



This study was supported by grants awarded by the Fonds de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC) and the Programme d’aide financière à la recherche et à la création (PAFARC) (Université du Québec à Montréal, Québec, Canada). The authors would like to thank Ms. Margaret McKyes, Certified Translator, for the English traduction.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Caroline Bouchard
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nathalie Bigras
    • 1
  • Gilles Cantin
    • 1
  • Sylvain Coutu
    • 2
  • Bénédicte Blain-Brière
    • 3
  • Joell Eryasa
    • 1
  • Annie Charron
    • 1
  • Liesette Brunson
    • 3
  1. 1.Département d’éducation et pédagogieUniversité du Québec à MontréalMontréalCanada
  2. 2.Université du Québec en OutaouaisGatineauCanada
  3. 3.Département de PsychologieUniversité du Québec à MontréalMontréalCanada

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