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Speech and Language Support for 3-5s

Recent research states that early language skills are 'key to later success'.
"Gareth Jenkins, from Save the Children, says the research demonstrates for the first time the most crucial determinant of success in SATS tests is how well children can communicate when they start school. The poorest children are more likely to start school without simple skills, such as being able to tell a short story, express feelings and communicate easily with a wide range of adults"

Research completed by academics at the Institute of Education who analysed the progress of 5,000 children using data from the Millennium Cohort Study and the National Pupil Database in England. and reported by the BBC Feb 17th 2016. Source:

Elklan's evidence based Speech and Language Support for 3-5s is our highly successful externally accredited training course which equips staff to develop these key communication skills in children proved to ensure later success in school. This is the only accredited training in speech, language and communication that is aimed specifically at those working with 3-5s.

Now also available as non-accredited E-Learning Sessions. Buy now and access immediately. Click here for more info.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in England and other UK curricula recognise communication and language as one of the three prime areas for learning and development.

This practical training course will:

  • Build your confidence and skills to support the communication and language development of ALL children aged 3-5s years but especially those with speech and language difficulties.
  • Give you practical advice and strategies to support parents and families with whom you work.
  • Provide settings with a highly skilled workforce to help narrow the gap and improve the life chances of young children.
  • Give you an externally verified and accredited level 2 or 3 award.

This course is also suitable for children learning English as an additional language and other special educational needs and has helped many staff in pre-school establishments, ECAT, Surestart projects and private, voluntary and independent (PVI) settings maximise their children’s communication potential and access the curriculum more effectively.

What do other learners say?
How is it delivered?

Designed to be delivered over ten weekly sessions, it may also be taught as an intensive three day programme. The course uses interactive teaching methods, practical activities, videos and group discussion to engage learners.

How much does it cost?

Local providers vary the price. If supplied by Elklan the current fee is £395 plus VAT to include the accreditation fee and the book.

What does the course teach?

View the full course outline or download the course flyer PDF for an overview of the course content.

Who can teach the course?

The courses have been written so that speech and language therapists and teaching advisors can teach it in their locality under license. Click here for more information on becoming an Elklan Tutor.

Do you want to tutor parents? Learners who succesfully complete this course at Level 3 can train to tutor parents using our Let’s Talk with Under 5s course. Find out more here.