Early Years

TALK Derby

An 18 month programme of intensive speech, language and communication (SLC) support across the most disadvantaged Wards in Derby. The project provided a detailed package of SLC improvement support and training for schools and EY settings.

The programme, delivered by Hempsalls, Elklan and the University of Wolverhampton, provided free training and support to schools, nurseries, childminders, children’s centres and other early years settings. Trained staff also worked with parents and families to encourage them to have more of the right kind of interactions to build their child’s understanding, communication skills, confidence in self-expression and vocabulary before they start school.

TALK Derby – Media Campaign

A 12 month city wide promotional campaign to promote the importance of Speech Language and Communication (SLC) in the early years, and raise the profile of SLC development across the city.

TALK Derby encouraged every parent and professional to spend more time talking and listening to the children in their lives to build their child’s understanding, communication skills, confidence in self-expression and vocabulary before they start school.

Early Years Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

A programme to address early years’ SEND support in Derby by increasing the leadership capacity and skills within early years’ settings through investment in training, practice review and leadership development. The project provided SENCo trainers, Training for qualified EY SENCos, CPD and SEND peer reviews.

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