Talking Takes Off – Luton Early Outcome Fund

Supporting early language development and speech, communication and language needs

Luton Council has successfully secured funding of £452,000 from the Department for Education (DfE) for its Early Outcome Fund (EOF) programme to support speech, communication and language development in babies and young children from the antenatal period through to when they start school. The money will be used to develop a year long programme to provide clear support and guidance to all families to give their children the very best start in life.

The programme will be delivered as part of Luton’s Flying Start strategy which provides prevention and early help services from pregnancy to five in the town. An Early Outcome Fund team has been created to support parents, volunteers and professionals to strengthen early language development in the home, in early year’s settings and in the community. Throughout the year the Early Outcome Fund team will work with a range of partners including maternity and paediatric services, health visiting teams, speech and language services, children’s centres, primary care settings, dentists, early years providers, schools and libraries. They will ensure all staff are offered appropriate training supporting early communication and language development so they can use this as part of their work with babies and children and also share skills with parents.

A new early year’s speech, communication and language pathway will be developed together with a new screening tool to help earlier identification of children who may need more specialised support and resources will be developed and made available so that all children can be given help according to their needs.

We will be recruiting volunteers to raise awareness about early language development to different community groups across the town. Parents will also be invited to get involved in the project to help find out what works best for families and to ensure parental views are loud and clear as the new service models are designed.

For more information please contact Stephanie Cash Early Outcome Fund Programme Lead

Stephanie.cash@luton.gov.uk 01582 547980

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