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Early Talk

What is Early Talk 0-5?

Early Talk is I CAN's highly successful training and accreditation* programme aimed at the early years workforce in partnership with parents to support the communication needs of children from birth to age 5. The Early Talk 0-5 training programme has been independently evaluated as enhancing the learning environment for all children, with a long-term positive impact on staff and practice.

*To find out more about Early Talk 0-5 Accreditation and Good Practice Validation click here.

What is Early Talk 0-5 Training?

Early Talk 0–5 years provides a suite of four training modules that enables you to support all young children's communication skills through a range of strategies and techniques.

Every element of Early Talk 0-5 years will contribute to your Level 3 Children and Young People's Workforce Diploma, or the Continued Professional Development Award in Speech, Language and Communication.

Early Talk 0-5 - Working With Under 3's

Who For?

The course is aimed at early years/pre-school practitioners who want to increase their knowledge of the approaches and strategies that can be used in settings to support the development of speech, language and communication in children aged 0-3 and speech and language therapy assistants who have limited experience of working with children in early years / pre-school settings.

What Will I Learn?

Working with under 3s is a one-day course that both enhances practitioners’ knowledge, and provides them with strategies they can use to support communication and language development right from the start of a child’s life. As part of the training, participants receive a range of resources – including one to help them carry out the EYFS progress check for 2–3 year olds.

Early Talk 0-5 - Working With Parents

Who For?

Designed for family facing practitioners, including health visitors, early years practitioners and family support workers, with the aim of enhancing parental support of early communication development.

What Will I Learn?

Working With Parents will help participants be aware of adult behaviours that affect children’s communication development, practitioner behaviours that affect parents’ support of their child’s communication development and practitioner techniques for supporting Healthy Child Programme reviews and EYFS progress checks.

Early Talk 0-5 - Supporting Communication and Language

Who For?

The course is aimed at early years/pre-school practitioners who want to increase their knowledge of the approaches and strategies that can be used in settings to support the development of speech, language and communication in children aged 0-5.

What Will I Learn?

Supporting Communication and Language is a one-day training course focuses on increasing participants knowledge of typical communication and language development, developing practitioners’ strategies and interaction styles to maximise their opportunities to develop every child’s skills in communication and language.

Early Talk 0-5 - Enhancing Communication and Language

Who For?

The course is aimed at practitioners who have some knowledge of speech and language development and an awareness of speech and language difficulties in children aged 0-5.

What Will I Learn?

Enhancing Communication and Language is a one day training course which helps practitioners to identify and support those children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs within their setting, working with parents and other professional to support the child. It provides ideas and strategies to give that support.

How is this training delivered to you?

We will deliver training in your workplace. If you are a small setting you might wish to consider grouping your staff together with another setting for the training and sharing the costs between yourselves.

We have a regional team of Licensed Tutors who also deliver Early Talk 0-5 training . To find your local Licensed Tutor, this is outlined in the 'cost' section below.

How much does Early Talk 0-5 cost?

Option One

Training delivered by an I CAN Communication Advisor Each training module costs £1,200 + VAT for up to 10 participants with £60 per participant thereafter. Price includes training materials and resource toolkits.

Option Two

We have a regional team of Licensed Tutors who deliver training (often to smaller groups) Training materials and resource toolkits are purchased from I CAN at a cost of £60 per person + the cost of the Licensed Tutor delivering your training. Prices vary for training but this option usually works out cheaper than option one. Find your local Licensed Tutor here.

Next steps

Get in touch via earlytalk@ican.org.uk or 020 7843 2515 to talk to our team about Early Talk 0-5 or to arrange training.

Early Talk 0-5 Downloads

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