October 29, 2018

This edition includes: Ready Steady Go, Come Talk with Me Updates, Speech and Language Support, Autism Education Trust and UK Road Safety Week.

Information for settings & childminders

Ready, Steady, Go

With a focus on developing children’s confidence, self-esteem and physical development, we want to make all children life-ready. If you think a child would benefit from attending a group then you must complete, with their parent, a request for support form and send to the children’s centre of their choice. The children’s centre will then contact the parent either to invite them to a group or, if they do not meet the criteria, to discuss other support they can access.

Drop-In for Speech and Language Support

Parents can pop in to your local children's centre during one of our friendly Play and Learn groups. Your child can play and learn whilst you get free expert advice and support from a speech and language therapist. It's free and you don't have to make an appointment.

Come Talk with Me Updates

Please take a look at our ‘Come Talk with Me’ page on the Early Years Website which has been updated under the following sections:

• Wellcomm Toolkits now available to borrow from the Children’s Centres - Do you have a child you think would benefit from attending the ‘Come Talk with Me’ Speech and Language Group? If so, please borrow the Wellcomm Toolkit from the relevant Children’s Centre and complete a Wellcomm assessment as part of the Request for Support process. 

Monthly Updates - Please make sure you have November’s Top Tip Poster ready to display for the first of the month. November’s Come Talk with Me Top Tip highlights how the over use of a dummy can impact on children’s talking. If you would like more information about this, the Literacy Trust have produced two useful Fact Sheets on the subject. You will need to register with the Literacy Trust to download these resources, but you can do this for free! You will then be able to access a huge range of resources to support your work with improving outcomes in children’s speech, language and communication.

Training - New, Fast-Track route. Elklan is a highly successful, accredited course, usually delivered over 10 three-hour sessions. We are delighted to offer you the opportunity to complete the course over four full days between January and April 2019. 

If you are not part of Come Talk with Me but would like to be, email here.

Autism Education Trust

Basic autism awareness training for all staff within school-age education settings, mainstream and specialist services and is fully funded.

UK Road Safety Week 2018

Educators are being encouraged to register for UK Road Safety Week 2018 (19-25 November). Coordinated by charity Brake, the Week is a great opportunity to engage children of all ages with road safety by using free resources on this year’s theme Bike Safe.

Safeguarding Information

Please see updated information on the Early Years Safeguarding web page.

CPD opportunities

Please check for upcoming courses.