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Becoming an Early Talk Boost Licensed Tutor

What is Early Talk Boost?

Early Talk Boost is a targeted intervention aimed at 3-4 year old children with delayed language development helping to boost their language skills to help narrow the gap between them and their peers.

Our initial findings show that after Early Talk Boost, children make statistically significant progress in their early language. On average they make 6 months progress after a nine week intervention helping them to catch up with other children their age. This is twice the amount of progress of children not having the intervention.

For more information about the Early Talk Boost training programme click here.

What does an Early Talk Boost Tutor do?

  • Provide initial information to a setting about Early Talk Boost to support the setting in choosing an evidenced intervention
  • Delivers Early Talk Boost training to early years practitioners
  • Supports staff so they know how to identify children for the intervention; deliver the Early Talk Boost intervention and report the outcomes of the intervention
  • Support the practical issues of planning and overcoming challenges to the running of Early Talk Boost
  • Provide ongoing support and advice to the setting to assist them in identifying and tracking progress of children who take part in Early Talk Boost groups
  • Offer additional I CAN resources and products to the school to meet their speech, language and communication needs (SLCN)
  • Licensed Tutors shall use their best endeavours to deliver Early Talk Boost to as many settings as possible

Skills Criteria

To become a Early Talk Boost Tutor you will be one of the following:

  • An experienced teacher with knowledge of speech, language and communication and of training adults
  • A Speech and Language Therapist with experience training adults and of working in schools

All Licensed Tutors will need to have experience of training and coaching.

Early Talk Boost Tutor Training Overview

The Early Talk Boost Tutor Licensee Training course is delivered over one day and lasts for approximately five hours.

It covers the background to the development and the evaluation of Early Talk Boost, the structure of the Early Talk Boost intervention and supporting materials and an overview of the training course for early years practitioners.  Subsequently Tutors will need to familiarise themselves with the manuals and with the training materials. They will need to spend some time before running each training course in familiarisation with the materials and preparation of the activities.

Licensed Tutor training also includes some information about the marketing and licensing of I CAN products.

Training is held at I CAN central office in central London. Training can be arranged in your local area if you can arrange a cohort who meet the Early Talk Boost tutor criteria.


Early Talk Boost Tutor training, inclusive of resources is £400.

Annual Licence Fee is £60 inc VAT*

*The licence fee is charged with your training cost and payable thereafter annually (License period 01 April -31st March). This covers all I CAN licences that you hold.

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