Communication & Language in the Early Years is one of our key priorities and funding will be provided for training and resources for 20 settings this year (and more later) to use I CAN’s Early Talk Boost programme, a targeted intervention that has been shown to boost the language skills of children with delayed language.

This is part of a wider offer, which next year aims to include access to a Speech & Language Therapist for advice/networks as well as Level 3 training and support for practitioners interested in becoming Communication Champions.

We want you to be involved and use Early Talk Boost to make a difference to children’s communication skills.

In return for the training and resources (which would otherwise cost approximately £1000 per setting), we are looking for settings that:

  • can release an experienced and enthusiastic practitioner for the one day training
  • have the capacity for the trained practitioner to work with a small group of children three times a week over the nine week programme and then with new groups across the year
  • have at least 4-6 children who would benefit from the intervention
  • will complete initial and end assessments and share them with NYOA/local authority

For those who have had experience of using communication & language interventions (e.g. ECAT, Building Blocks, Small Talk) to improve children’s communication skills, this will be an excellent opportunity to build on knowledge and skills.

We are hosting an information event for you to find out more about the Early Talk Boost programme and the NYCOA project, with Jacquie Cole and Jo Collet. As the focus of this half-term’s Early Years network meeting, this will be held at: Briercliffe Children’s Centre, Wednesday 3rd October, 6.15pm – 8.15pm. Please contact to confirm your attendance.

The Early Talk Boost training day will be on Friday 16th November at Falsgrave Community Centre from 9.30-3.30pm.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact: (07969 102183)

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