Early Years Training

Speech, language and communication skills are essential for achieving ‘school readiness’ and yet, in some areas, 50% of children start school with speech, language and communication difficulties. These difficulties can have an impact on a child’s social and emotional development and can act as a barrier to successfully accessing the curriculum.

Our Early Years training courses aim to develop highly-skilled staff who are equipped with the knowledge and skills to support all children aged 2-5, particularly those with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), to narrow the gap, to achieve their potential, and to improve their life chances. All our courses are evidence-based and provide practical advice for advancing children’s communication development in Early Years settings.

Communication Friendly Early Years Settings Training Series

This course aims to raise awareness of typical speech and language development in children aged 2-5 and to equip participants with practical activity ideas for supporting children’s communication skills in Early Years settings.

The Communication Friendly Early Years Settings ‘Essentials’ package includes the following 5 training sessions:

  • Attention and Listening
  • Play for Language
  • Comprehension and Word levels
  • Expressive Language
  • Speech Sound Development

This training is designed as an online self-directed course which enables participants to access it at a time that suits them. Participants are required to complete a workbook to demonstrate their knowledge following each session. Written feedback will be provided for CPD records.

This course is suitable for teachers, teaching assistants, nursery nurses and SENCos working in Early Years settings.

These training sessions are also available as part of the following packages:

  • Communication Friendly Early Years Setting ‘Advanced’ package
    • Includes:
      • All 5 Early Years training sessions outlined above (for up to 6 learners)
      • The Communication Trust Progression Tool – A User’s Guide for Nursery (for 1 learner)
      • The Communication Trust Progression Tool – A User’s Guide for Reception (for 1 learner)
  • Communication Friendly Early Years Settings ‘Premium’ package
    •  Includes:
      • All 5 Early Years training sessions outlined above (for up to 6 learners)
      • The Communication Trust Progression Tool – A User’s Guide for Nursery (for 1 learner)
      • The Communication Trust Progression Tool – A User’s Guide for Reception (for 1 learner)
      • Intervention Group Programmes Bundle

SENCO, Leeds based mainstream primary school (feedback provided June 2020):

“I have learned such a lot over these 5 units. Not having early years experience I found all the ‘give examples in provision’ aspects challenging, but that was the point in me doing the training. I have already used some of my new knowledge in my interactions with parents of SEND children. Staff have already brought things to my attention that they have noticed as a result of the training. I know that this training will be hugely beneficial as I move forward as SENCO. Particular thanks to Melissa for her supportive feedback each week.”

Danielle Burkinshaw (Reception Teacher and Speech and Language Champion), Walton Primary School (feedback provided July 2020)

“It has been really useful! So glad I got to do it and thanks for your in-depth feedback as well. I found all of the videos really useful as they’ve shown strategies, different examples using children around each module (not just written case studies), really appropriate information and in-depth where needed. I’ve learned a lot and I feel a lot more confident being in charge of S&L at school. I feel I could pass on some really useful information to our TAs in EYFS.”

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The Communication Trust Progression Tool – A User’s Guide – Nursery

This session aims to support Early Years staff to deliver and score The Communication’s Trust’s Progression Tool screener and to interpret the results in order to inform next steps for nursery-aged pupils.

This session is available as part of our Communication Friendly Early Years Settings Packages. The session can also be delivered as a standalone course. This training is designed as a ‘live’ online session led by one of our Speech and Language Therapists. This enables participants to engage in discussion and ask specific questions throughout the training.

This course is suitable for teachers, teaching assistants, nursery nurses and SENCos working in Early Years settings.

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The Communication Trust Progression Tool – A User’s Guide – Reception

This training session aims to support Early Years staff to deliver and score The Communication’s Trust’s Progression Tool screener and to interpret the results in order to inform next steps for reception-aged pupils.

This session is available as part of our Communication Friendly Early Years Settings Packages. The session can also be delivered as a standalone course. This training is designed as a ‘live’ online session led by one of our Speech and Language Therapists. This enables participants to engage in discussion and ask specific questions throughout the training.

This course is suitable for teachers, teaching assistants, nursery nurses and SENCos working in Early Years settings.

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Intervention Group Programmes Bundle

Our Intervention Group Programmes Bundle comprises of six intervention group programmes (one per core area of speech, language and communication)

  • Attention and listening
  • Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Using sentences
  • Speech and social skills

Each programme includes:

  • Advice for delivering the groups; 10 session plans comprising activity ideas
  • Ideas for differentiation
  • Specific pictorial resources.

The bundle is included in our Communication Friendly Early Years Settings Premium Package. It is also available to purchase separately.

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Using Visual Supports in the Early Years Setting

This course explores the value of visual supports for pupils with and without speech, language and communication needs and the range of visual supports available and aims to equip participants with practical ideas for implementing visual supports in the Early Years setting.

This training is designed as an online self-directed course which enables participants to access it at a time that suits them. Participants are required to complete a workbook to demonstrate their knowledge following the session. Written feedback will be provided for CPD records.

This course is suitable for teachers, teaching assistants, nursery nurses and SENCos working in Early Years settings.

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Supporting Early Social Communication Development in Pupils with ASD and/or Complex Needs

This course explores early social communication development and aims to equip participants with practical ideas for supporting social communication development in pupils with autistic spectrum disorders and/or complex needs in the Early Years setting.

This training is designed to be delivered face-to-face or as a live online course led by one of our Speech and Language Therapists. This enables participants to engage in discussion and ask specific questions throughout the training.

This course is suitable for teachers, teaching assistants, nursery nurses and SENCos supporting pupils with social communication difficulties and/or complex needs in Early Years settings.

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Elklan Speech and Language Support for 3-5s

Elklan’s evidence-based Speech and Language Support for 3-5s is an externally accredited training course that aims to build staff confidence and skills in supporting the communication development of children aged 3-5. The course equips participants with strategies to support all children in this age group but will be particularly useful for supporting the development of children with speech and language difficulties.

The Talking House offers this course as a three intensive day face-to-face programme delivered by one our Elklan Tutors. Participants will be expected to complete and submit a portfolio in order to achieve a Level 2 or Level 3 award.

This course is suitable for teachers, teaching assistants, nursery nurses and SENCos supporting pupils aged 3-5.

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