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Becoming an Early Talk 0-5 Licensed Tutor



What is Early Talk 0-5?

Early Talk 0-5 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 training, take a look at Becoming an Early Talk Licensed Tutor

What is Early Talk 0-5 Accreditation and Good Practice Validation?

• Early Talk 0-5 Accreditation is awarded to an early years setting or service in recognition that it is supporting the communication and language needs of its children. Accreditation is valid for three years and subject to annual review

• Early Talk Good Practice Validation provides recognition and validation of good practice for groups and services operating out of Children's Centres (services such as Stay and Play, Baby Massage, Dads into Reading). Good Practice Validation is valid for two years and subject to annual review

Early Talk 0-5 Accreditation is available at three different levels

• Early Talk 0-5 Accreditation Supportive
• Early Talk 0-5 Accreditation Enhanced
• Early Talk 0-5 Accreditation Specialist

The process of accreditation or validation usually takes between three to six months. We expect that the setting, service or group will be ready for accreditation or validation within one year from the date of purchase.

For more information about Early Talk 0-5 Accreditation click here
For more information about Early Talk Good Practice Validation click here

What does an Early Talk 0-5 Mentor do?

• Mentors provide mentoring to settings working through the I CAN standards towards Accreditation or Good Practice Validation.
• Explains the Accreditation or Good Practice Validation process to setting staff
• Supports the setting throughout the Accreditation or Good Practice Validation
• Liaises with the setting to ensure the portfolio of evidence is completed and forwarded to the Mentor electronically, who will then forward this to I CAN for marking
• Carry out a mandatory onsite accreditation Good Practice Validation visit (once I CAN have marked and passed the portfolio of evidence) to observe practice, have discussions with practitioners and make comprehensive notes on the environment of the setting and create a report for the I CAN Accreditation Panel.
• Mentors shall use their best endeavours to mentor as many settings as possible.

Skills Criteria

To become an Early Talk 0-5 Mentor 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 Mentors will need to have experience of training and coaching staff in pre school settings and supporting on-going development plans to support Communication and Language and the other prime areas of the EYFS.

Early Talk 0-5 Mentor Training Overview

Early Talk 0-5 Accreditation and Good Practice Validation Mentor training can be delivered over one day for six hours.

This training is made up of three* sessions which each lasts approximately two hours:

• Supportive Accreditation
• Enhanced Accreditation
• Good Practice Validation

Some mentors may elect to do one or two of the products instead of all three. (It is required that to be trained as an Enhanced Mentor, you must be trained as a Supportive Mentor.)

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 of six who meet the Early Talk 0-5 Mentor criteria.

Cost

• Early Talk 0-5 Supporting and Enhancing Communication Mentor training, inclusive of resources is £100.
• Early Talk 0-5 Supporting Communication Mentor training, inclusive of resources is £100.
• Early Talk 0-5 Good Practice Validation Mentor Training , inclusive of resources is £100.

Annual Licence Fee is £60*

*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.

Next Steps

Visit: www.ican.org.uk/licensee-training