early communication matters training

Adult and child eye contactDue to Covid-19, we have adapted our this training so that we can deliver it online, via Zoom. 

This training will enable 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 support practitioners to:

  • recognise and support typical language development (pre-verbal and verbal);
  • understand why children might have difficulty listening, 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 this training is needed:

Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) is the most common type of additioal support need identified by primary schools. One in ten children will have long-term SLCN needs. 50% of pre-schoolers will leave requiring additional support with speech, language and communication - more in deprived areas. This Early Communication Matters Training was developed and is co-delivered by experienced Speech and Language Therapists and Peep trainers, building on our joint work in early years settings.

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

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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 or read about potential sources of funding

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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.’