Speech and Language Support for 3-5s

Speech and Language Support for 3-5s

Speech and Language Support for 3-5s

A practical training course for those of you teaching or supporting children aged 3-5.

About the course

This highly successful externally accredited evidence-based course will equip you to develop the key communication skills of ALL children to ensure later success at school. It also provides essential strategies to support children learning an additional language. This is the only accredited training in speech, language and communication that is aimed specifically for those of you working with children aged 3-5 years. All the EY curriculums in the UK recognise communication and language as a prime area for learning and development.

This practical training course will provide you with:

This course is the basis from which the Early Years Professional Development Programme (EYPDP) training was developed.

You'll be taught a wide range of topics through ten sessions. These are fun and interactive and cover:

What is communication?
Communication Friendly Settings, adult-child interaction and working
Learning to listen, and supporting understanding through non-verbal communication and visual strategies
Promoting Vocabulary Development
Understanding spoken language and ICWs
The Blank Language Scheme
Developing expressive language skills
Developing play for language
Supporting children with unclear speech & phonological awareness
Stammering and course reflection
Face-to-Face Training
Face-to-Face Training

Delivered by local tutors under licence, responding to local demand. Prices vary and courses may be advertised locally as well as on this website. Most of these courses are run weekly, each session lasting two hours. Additionally, Elklan regularly delivers three-day intensive courses in London.

Online Training
Online Training

Our accredited online training is delivered through blended learning using our e-learning course and weekly live webinars. You'll be guided through the discussions by an experienced Elklan Tutor, and can choose to study at level 2 or 3.

Online Non-Accredited Training
Online Non-Accredited Training

Our e-learning sessions are available if you don't wish to complete the learning log or gain accreditation. You'll enjoy 12 weeks' access, with the option to upgrade later to the accredited e-learning course at a reduced price.

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e-learning sessions for 3-5s


Online Training

e-learning sessions

Targeted strategies for specific age range

Language Builders for 3-5s


Anytime access to the e-learning sessions Catch-up sessions available for purchase
Ten weeks

Twelve weeks
Teaching from an Elklan Tutor
Discuss and share with other learners

External accreditation with a 9 credit Award on successful completion

Learning log to complete online

£395 (£405 from 2022) plus VAT
May vary where run locally

£350 - £360 plus VAT


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How do I book on a course?

First, consider if you want to achieve a qualification. If yes, apply for either the accredited online training or a course delivered face-to-face. If the accreditation isn't important to you now, then access the online e-learning sessions only - you can always upgrade later.

Places on our face-to-face and accredited online training courses fill quickly, so we recommend you apply as soon as you are able.

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Further training opportunities

Let's Talk courses for parents and carers

If you achieve a level 3 qualification in Speech and Language Support for 3-5s, you can train to deliver Let's Talk with Under 5s to parents and carers of children with speech and language needs in your setting. Following a one-day course, you'll be qualified as a Let's Talk Tutor, able to cascade the Let's Talk course under licence.

Communication Friendly Settings (CFSe)

Speech and Language Support for 3-5s is an essential first step for your setting to achieve Communication Friendly Setting status. You will need to complete the level 3 qualification first before enbarking on the level 4 learning log.

Specialist Courses

These courses are ideally suited for you if you have completed an eight- or ten-session core course and wish to take their learning further.

Supporting Verbal Pupils with ASD
Supporting Children with Unclear Speech
Supporting Children and Adults using AAC

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