early communication matters training

Adult and child eye contactThis training (currently online) supports practitioners and settings to improve children's speech, language & communication skills, and to support parents to enhance children’s language development at home.

aims: This training will enable practitioners to:

  • recognise and support typical language development (pre-verbal and verbal);
  • understand why children might have difficulty listening and talking, and know how to help;
  • support families to enhance children’s language development at home;
  • understand how singing, play and sharing books relate to language development;  
  • recognise when a child doesn’t understand language;
  • know when to refer children to a speech and language therapist, and how to support them and their parents in the meantime.

Why Early Communication Matters training is needed:

Speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) is the most common type of additional support need identified by primary schools. 50% of pre-schoolers will leave requiring additional support with speech, language and communication, more in deprived areas. Early intervention is crucial in supporting children's communication (and preventing problems) in the earliest years, as well as identifying language difficulties early on. 

This Training was developed and is co-delivered by experienced Speech and Language Therapists and Peep trainers, building on our joint work with families and in early years settings.

Who the training is for: Practitioners who work with babies and young children in early years settings or with families in the community.

>  Check training dates  or  arrange a course for your staff

Duration:  online - one day or two half-days

Training price per delegate:  £95 + vat per person 

> Find out more or book a place:  download our Early Communication Matters leaflet and booking form

feedback from practitioners who attended Early Communication Matters Training:

‘Really informative and helpful training, which I know will be put to good use in my own setting and with supporting others.’

‘The course has given me confidence in approaching parents.’

‘Useful strategies, active exercises and play ideas that I can take back.’

‘A good balance of theory teaching with group work/practical activity.’