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 provides a detailed package of SLC improvement support and training for schools and EY settings and the development of key improvements to ‘system-level’ SLC arrangements within Derby.

The programme is being delivered by Hempsalls, Elklan and the University of Wolverhampton, and provides free training and support to schools, nurseries, childminders, children’s centres and other early years settings. Trained staff will also work 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.

To find out more, or to sign up for free training opportunities please visit https://talkderby.org.uk/  

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 is encouraging 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. Around 140 people who work with local children will be recruited as “champions” to drive the campaign forward.  Visit https://talkderby.org.uk/ for more information.

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 an investment in training, practice review and leadership development. Adding to the Department for Educations existing Early Years Disadvantage VCS Grant we are funding Nasen to provide a total of two SENCo trainers, 60 qualified EY SENCos, CPD for 120 Professionals, and 60 early years SEND peer reviews.