Saturday, 4 January 2014

Are you working with 2 year olds in your nursery? Would you like training to make a better difference?

It's a big ask for nursery staff to start taking much younger children. There are all the anti-social behavious of toddlers plus communication and language skills which may be developmentally way behind.

It's probably not fair to expect this but this is the situation faced by so many nursery staff.

Training has to be paid for but you need to know that any money spent will be well worth it. The course we are offering has had great feedback and has been written specifically for this purpose.

What is it?
A practical training course for staff working in Early Years settings to enable them to develop the communication skills of babies and very young children, written by Henrietta McLachlan, Jo Belsten and Liz Elks.Delivered by Lbiby Hill, Consultant SLT and licensed Elklan trainer. £325 (or early bird rate of £295 before 14/1/14)

Developed to support the revised EYFS framework this course links research on early language development with best practice to give practitioners up to date theoretical knowledge and practical tools to promote communication. Although designed to support the 2 year review and Development Matters statement in England the strategies underpin all curricula wherever taught.


When is it?
14th February, 28th February and 21st March

Where is it?
Stafford Children's Centre, Faraday Rd, Stafford

How is it delivered?
It is taught as an intensive three day programme. The course uses interactive teaching methods, practical activities, videos and group discussion to engage learners.

What does the course cover?
What is Communication?
Identify the processes involved in communication.
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.
Play for Language
Explore the link between play & language development and the development of social play.
Develop skills to promote play & support language development at key developmental stages
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.
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
The Blank Language Scheme
Facilitate development of supporting verbal reasoning.
Practise modifying the adult’s language according to individual needs.
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 their typical development.
Discuss strategies to support young children with unclear speech.
Sharing books, using rhymes and exploring the link to early literacy
Consider the link between speech, language and early literacy development.
Explore how to use songs, rhymes and books to support communication.
Working with parents and carers to support communication development
Discuss effective ways of supporting parents to develop their child’s early communication skills.
Discuss how knowledge gain from the course links with the two year review process.
Linking it all together
Present evidence of applying knowledge gained across the course during everyday activities.


Who can attend?
Anyone interested but spaces limited to allow better discussions

contact info@smalltalk-ltd.co.uk for an application form

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