Individual and group training for communication and language in the early years

Activity type:
  • Training course

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An extensive range of training and support to develop the equality and inclusion offer in all early years settings.

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English as an additional language in the early years

Develop your knowledge and understanding about how children learn English as an additional language. Gain skills to provide effective strategies to support this. Explore what an effective and inclusive environment looks like to inspire and support them to reach their potential.

Pricing:

Within Kent: £210 +VAT per group
Outside Kent: £385 +VAT per group

Prime importance of communication and language in the early years

This one day course will support your understanding of the developmental stages of communication and language for children in the early years. It will provide you with universal strategies to support this development for all children, and enable you to identify when children are at risk of delay. This training is jointly written and delivered by the Equality and Inclusion, and Speech and Language Therapy teams.

Course objectives:

  • Increase practitioner knowledge of the developmental stages of communication and language
  • Understand the universal strategies used to monitor and support communication and language development
  • Share effective practice from every child a talker (ECAT)


Pricing:

Within Kent: KCC funded
Outside Kent: £110 +VAT per person

Using visual support in the early years

Gain confidence in using signing and visual support materials to enhance and extend children’s communication skills.

Pricing:

Within Kent: £35 +VAT per person; £210 +VAT per group
Outside Kent: £55 +VAT per person; £385 +VAT per group

Every child a talker (ECAT)

Develop your knowledge and understanding of children’s developing communication and language for children in the early years. Provide an effective environment and activities which support the development of communication and language and explore effective ways of engaging parents to support their children’s learning at home.

Pricing:

Within Kent: £210 +VAT per group
Outside Kent: £385 +VAT per group

I can early talk boost

Early talk boost is a targeted intervention delivered by a trained early years practitioner to a group of up to eight children aged 3-4 years old that have delayed language development. The early talk boost training will give participants the skills and knowledge to understand the rationale behind the intervention, identify appropriate children, measure their progress and deliver the programme successfully.

Each setting attending the training will need to purchase an exciting and comprehensive toolkit which includes all the materials and resources required to successfully deliver this intervention to children in your setting.

Note: Early years Pupil Premium funding can support the purchase of the resources.

Pricing:

Within Kent: £70 per person + VAT + £480 for resources; £420 per group + VAT + £480 for resources 
Outside Kent: £110 per person + VAT + £480 for resources; £665 per group + VAT + £480 for resources

I can talk boost year R & key stage 1

I can talk boost key stage 1 is a targeted and evidence-based intervention programme, which supports children with delayed language in reception and key stage 1 to make progress with their language and communication skills.  The programme is delivered in primary schools by classroom teachers and assistants and provides a structured programme that accelerates children’s progress in language and communication by an average of 18 months after a ten week intervention.

Note: Pupil Premium funding can support the purchase of the resources.


Pricing:

Within Kent: £70 per person + VAT + £500 for resources; £420 per group + VAT + £500 for resources 
Outside Kent: £110 per person + VAT + £500 for resources; £665 per group + VAT + £500 for resources

Makaton beginners' workshop

The beginners’ workshop provides a practical introduction to Makaton for workers, parents and carers who need to use Makaton in everyday situations, at home and/or at work. You will learn the signs and symbols for stages 1-4 of the core vocabulary plus the additional vocabulary. The course is very practical and interactive.

Pricing:

Within Kent: £140+VAT +£32 per person for resources. £840 +VAT for whole group in-house training two days trainer cost plus £32 per person for resources.

Outside Kent: £220 +VAT +£32 per person for resources. £1330 +VAT for whole group in-house training two days trainer cost plus £32 per person for resources.

Makaton follow-up workshop

The follow-up workshop covers stages 5-8 of the Makaton core vocabulary and helps you to improve and develop your signing and symbol skills. We will review stages 1-4 but hope that you will have reminded yourselves of the signs and symbols previously learnt on the beginners’ workshop.

Pricing:

Within Kent: £140 +VAT +£32 per person for resources. £840 +VAT for whole group in-house training two days trainer cost plus £32 per person for resources

Outside Kent: £220 +VAT +£32 per person for resources. £1330 +VAT for whole group in-house training two days trainer cost plus £32 per person for resources.

Makaton foundation workshop

The Makaton foundation workshop is designed for professionals needing to learn Makaton for use in their work. It provides a detailed introduction to Makaton and combines a practical approach together with underpinning theory. The training is interactive and fun.

Lectures cover research into sign and symbol use, symbol design themes, the use and purpose of Makaton and an overview of alternative systems of communication. You will learn the signs and symbols for stages 1-4 of the core vocabulary, plus additional vocabulary.

Pricing:

Within Kent: £140 +VAT +£33.50 per person for resources. £840 +VAT for whole group in-house training two days trainer cost plus £33.50 per person for resources

Outside Kent: £220 +VAT +£33.50 per person for resources. £1330 +VAT for whole group in-house training two days trainer cost plus £33.50 per person for resources.

Makaton enhancement workshop

Professionals who have already attended the Makaton foundation workshop. You must have completed the foundation workshop prior to enrolling on the enhancement workshop. It will be assumed that participants know the signs learnt on the foundation workshop (stages 1-4 of the core vocabulary, plus additional vocabulary) and can use these signs confidently.

Pricing:

Within Kent: £210 +VAT +£38.50 per person for resources. £1260 +VAT for whole group in-house training two days trainer cost plus £38.50 per person for resources

Outside Kent: £330 +VAT +£38.50 per person for resources. £1995 +VAT for whole group in-house training two days trainer cost plus £38.50 per person for resources.

Using makaton with singing

‘Using Makaton with singing’ is a fun and easy way to learn to use signs with singing for young children. Signing and singing have been shown to encourage the development of communication and language skills and are beneficial for vocalisation, confidence, social skills, emotional development, well-being and self-esteem.
You will learn up to 100 signs and have fun practising them in songs adapted for different levels of ability.
The workshop is divided into four lively practical sessions covering:
• What is Makaton
• Tips for Signing
• Developing skills through signing and singing
• Using Makaton in my setting.

Pricing:

Within Kent: £35 +VAT +£6.50 per person for resources. £210 +VAT for whole group in-house training two days trainer cost plus £6.50 per person for resources

Outside Kent: £55 +VAT +£6.50 per person for resources. £385 +VAT for whole group in-house training two days trainer cost plus £6.50 per person for resources.

Makaton taster session

The taster is designed to give a brief insight and fun experience of the programme and to encourage participants to access further training as appropriate to their needs and situation. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Pricing:

Within Kent: £35 +VAT per person; £210 +VAT per group

Outside Kent: £55 +VAT per person; £385 +VAT per group.