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New Elklan course ‘Speech and Language Support for 0-3s’

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The first stage of the Early Language Development Programme (ELDP)* is coming to a close at the end of March 2013, and we are now making enhanced level training available to areas which are already working well with early support for communication and language.

As part of this programme, Elklan has developed a course providing opportunity for those working with 0-3s to explore the development of SLC skills in more depth.  Sharing ideas with parents is given high priority.

The course is closely linked to the EYFS and 2 year review.

 There are dedicated sessions to the 3 strands in the development matters statements of  the EYFS

  • Listening and attention (including sharing stories and rhymes )
  • Understanding language and answering questions
  • Expressive language (talking )

 The course is accredited at level 4 because participants will share key tips and ideas (via 5 x 1 hour meetings) with others in their work setting and evaluate the outcome. This is therefore an ideal opportunity for CPD.

Course Outline

Week 1  What is communication?

Identify the processes involved in communication.

Know about the wide range and change of communication strengths and weaknesses in this age group with particular reference to knowledge needed for the 2 year review.

Week 2  Adult-child interaction and non-verbal communication

Examine the effect of adult-child interaction on the development of communication skills.

Explore the importance of  non-verbal communication behaviours.

Reflect on the use of visual information to help children learn and understand.

Week 3   Play for Language

Explore the link between play and language development.

Develop skills to promote play and support language development.

Consider the development and appropriate support for social play.

Plan to meet the play and development needs of children at on 8- 20 months, 16-26 months and 22-36 months (EYFS)

Week 4    Listening, attention and understanding spoken language

Develop strategies to promote listening and attention  and link these to the EYFS development matters statements.

Develop strategies to encourage the understanding of language including additional languages.

Week 5    The Language Journey

Explore typical development of language learning.

Learn strategies to help children to develop a wide and varied vocabulary.

Consider how to meet the needs of the different EYFS age groups.

Week 6    The Blank Language Scheme

Discuss supporting verbal reasoning  from earliest stages to complex skills including why & how questions, inferences, sequencing, predicting.

Practise modifying the adult’s language according to individual needs and following age groups: 8- 20 months, 16-26 months and 22-36 months  (EYFS).

Week 7  Encouraging the development of spoken language and clear speech

Develop strategies to encourage the use of early phrases and sentences.­

Explore how we articulate sounds and relating this to young children.

Check knowledge of the typical development of speech sounds for the different ages and stages (EYFS).

Discuss strategies to support young children with unclear speech.

Week 8  Sharing books, using rhymes and exploring the link to early literacy

Consider the link between songs, rhymes, books, speech, language and early literacy skills.

Explore strategies to promote speech, language and early literacy skills through the use of songs, rhymes and books for different ages and stages.

Week 9   Working with parents and carers to support communication development

Consider the important role parents have in developing early communication skills.

Discuss effective ways of supporting parents to achieve this.

Discuss how knowledge gain from the course links with the two year review process.

Week 10  Linking it all together

Present evidence of applying knowledge gained across the course during everyday activities.

Sharing good practice across different setting and the imp0act of developing the skills of other practitioners in the work place.

Course Delivery

The course can be delivered in the usual Elklan way of 10 x 2 hour weekly directly taught sessions


via e-learning which guides self-study and then has weekly  x 1 hour webinars of small groups of only 5 learners – a new and fun way for you to be involved with Elklan!

ELDP funding means you may be able to offer these courses FREE to your local practitioners in a range of early years settings.  Contact Henrietta.

What we need from you:

  • Please contact Henrietta to register an interest.
  • You need to find a cohort of 12-15 children-centre, pre-school or nursery practitioners who want to explore the development of 0-3 SLC skills in more depth and have the skills and enthusiasm to share key strategies with other staff in their setting.  Course entry information is attached.
  • Course participants must be able to attend 10 x 2 hour sessions (or you can deliver the 20 ‘taught hours ‘ over 4 days), be prepared to organise self-study for 4 hours a week (most of this is practical implementation of ideas), have the time to arrange 5 x 1 hour meetings to share ideas with other staff in their setting, be able to drive forward the implementation of strategies across their setting,  time to evaluate the impact over the following 4 months, write up the results and meet again in their cohort to report back on their findings and share good practice.

What you will get from Elklan:

  • Payment for delivering the course and marking the portfolios.
  • Free training manual, powerpoint etc.
  • Free copy of the WellComm tool for you and every course participant (this is an excellent speech and language tool and retails at £280)
  • Free copies of Language Builders for 0-3s for every course participant.
  • Pamphlets for you to explain the opportunity to interested parties.
  • Our usual tutor support and two webinars to share your experiences with other Elklan tutors involved in the project.

If you want to work as an independent tutor and help with the webinars.  Contact Henrietta.

*The Early Language Development Programme is funded by the Department of Education between November 2011 and March 2014, and delivered by I CAN in partnership with Elklan, Action for Children, the Pre-School Learning Alliance, the Children’s Society and the Office for Public Management.  It supports knowledge and skills development among practitioners around communication development with under 3s, and working with parents to support this.