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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 accreditation and Good Practice Validation mentoring, take a look at Becoming an Early Talk 0-5 Licensed Mentor

What is Early Talk 0-5 Training?

Early Talk 0-5 training comprises of four elements (Early Talk 0-5 - Supporting Communication and Language, Early Talk 0-5 - Enhancing Communication and Language, Early Talk 0-5 - Working With Under 3's, Early Talk 0-5 - Working With Parents)

For more information about the Early Talk 0-5 training programme click here

Early Talk Tutors can be licensed to deliver the following training modules:

  • Early Talk 0-5 - Supporting Communication and Language
    -Training for practitioners to increase participants knowledge of typical communication and language development of children from 0-5 with strategies to support language development.
  • Early Talk 0-5 - Working With Under 3's
    -Aimed at early years 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 babies, toddlers and very young children aged 0-3. The course is also useful for speech and language therapy assistants who have limited experience of working with very young children in early years settings.
  • Early Talk 0-5 - Working With Parents
    -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. It 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. 

What does an Early Talk 0-5 Tutor do?

  • Delivers the Early Talk 0-5 training programme to early years practitioners
  • Provides information, sharing experiences and knowledge with participants when cascading the training course
  • Facilitates group discussions and idea generating activities
  • Encourages participants to form networks
  • Undertakes some administrative tasks relating to the running and evaluation of courses.
  • Licensed Tutors shall use their best endeavours to deliver Early Talk 0-5 to as many settings as possible.

Skills Criteria

To become an Early Talk 0-5 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 0-5 Tutor Training Overview

Early Talk 0-5 Tutor training is delivered over one day and is made up of three sessions which each lasts approximately two hours. Some tutors may elect to do one or two of the products instead of all three.

Licensed tutor training also includes an overview of adult learning approaches and 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 of six who meet the Early Talk 0-5 tutor criteria.


If you elect to be trained in all modules as an Early Talk 0-5 Licensed Tutor on the same day, a discount of £50 is offered. Inclusive of resources, the cost is £250.

If you elect to do 2 or 1 modules, inclusive of resources, the cost is £100 per module.

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.

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